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Education Notebook - 12/17/03

SATs Rescheduled

<bt>The Dec. 6 administration of the SAT, which was canceled due to inclement weather, has been rescheduled for Saturday, Dec. 20. All test takers should report to their assigned testing sites on the same schedule as was provided for the Dec. 6 test. Fairfax County Public Schools testing sites are as follows:

* Annandale High, 4700 Medford Drive, Annandale;

* Chantilly High, 4201 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly;

* Herndon High, 700 Bennett St.;

* Lake Braddock Secondary, 9200 Burke Lake Road, Burke;

* Langley High, 6520 Georgetown Pike, McLean;

* Lee High, 6540 Franconia Road, Springfield;

* Marshall High, 7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church;

* Robinson Secondary, 5035 Sideburn Road, Fairfax;

* Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, 6560 Braddock Road, Alexandria;

* West Potomac High, 6500 Quander Road, Alexandria;

* West Springfield High, 6100 Rolling Road, Springfield;

* Woodson High, 9525 Main St., Fairfax.

Registered test takers who are unable to attend the scheduled makeup date or have other questions should contact the College Board at www.collegeboard.com/sat/html/center_closings_alert.html or call 609-771-7600.

<sh>School Budget Honored

<bt>Fairfax County Public Schools has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the current fiscal year from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. The award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting.

A Certificate of Recognition for Budget Presentation was also presented to Deirdra McLaughlin, chief financial officer and assistant superintendent for financial services, and to Andy Hawkins, director of the Office of Budget Services.

Organizations were required to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation and were assessed by how well the budget served as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide and a communications device. Budget documents must be rated proficient in each of the four categories to be eligible for the award.

The GFOA established its Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards program in 1984 — the only national awards program in governmental budgeting — and has presented approximately 900 awards in 19 years. GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving 14,000 government finance professionals in North America.

<sh>FCPS Events Calendar

<bt>Wednesday, Dec. 17, 6 p.m.

Oath of Office for new School Board members. Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church.

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 6:30 p.m.

Adult and Community Education Advisory Committee meeting. Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church.

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 7 p.m.

Human Relations Advisory Committee meeting. Burkholder Center, 10700 Page Ave., Fairfax.

Thursday, Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m.

School Board regular meeting. Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church.

Monday, Dec. 22-Wednesday, Dec. 31

Winter vacation for all students and teachers.

Wednesday, Dec. 24-Friday, Dec. 26

Christmas holiday for all employees.

Thursday, Jan. 1-Friday, Jan. 2, 2004

Winter vacation for students and teachers.

Thursday, Jan. 1

New Year's Day holiday for all employees.

Monday, Jan. 5, 9 a.m.

Speakers list opens for FY 2005 budget public hearing. Call 703-246-3646 to be placed on the list.

Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church.

Thursday, Jan. 8, 7 p.m.

School Board regular meeting, budget presentation. Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church.

Monday, Jan. 12, 8:30 a.m.

School Board work session, technology; human resources; instruction; strategic planning & evaluation; facilities. Burkholder Center, 10700 Page Ave., Fairfax.

Monday, Jan. 12, 9 a.m.

Speakers list opens for boundaries public hearing. Call 703-246-3646 to be placed on the list.

Thursday, Jan. 15, 7 p.m.

School Board public hearing, capital improvement program. Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church.

Monday, Jan. 19

Martin Luther King Jr. birthday holiday.

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m.

School Board work session, finance & budget. Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church.

Thursday, Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m.

School Board regular meeting, capital improvement program. Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road.

Monday, Jan. 26, 7 p.m.

School Board public hearing, budget. Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church.

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m.

School Board public hearing, budget (if needed). Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church