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Education Notebook - 11/12/03

Temporary Change

<bt>The Fairfax County School Board on Thursday, Nov. 6, approved the temporary appointment of Brad Draeger as acting chief academic officer in the wake of the unexpected death on Nov. 1 of Nancy Sprague, who held that position since its creation last year. Draeger, the school system's assistant superintendent of Human Resources, will serve until a permanent replacement is found and will receive a salary supplement at the rate of $700 per month for as long as he serves in that capacity.

In addition, the board elevated Kevin North, the director of the Office of Employment Services, to acting assistant superintendent for Human Resources. North will receive a salary supplement at the rate of $500 per month for as long as he serves as the temporary assistant superintendent.

Tom Brady, the chief operating officer, was the superintendent's designee, which enables him to attend any meeting of the School Board that the superintendent cannot attend and to execute official documents relating to state, federal and impact aid requiring the superintendent's signature.

<sh>Future Quest

<bt>Future Quest 2003, a college and career forum for students with disabilities, will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., at George Mason University’s Johnson Center. Students with disabilities, their parents, and professionals are invited to attend the conference that will include numerous workshops geared toward preparing students for life after high school.

The program is sponsored by the Northern Virginia Transition Coalition and several Northern Virginia school systems — including Fairfax County Public Schools — and will offer information about planning for college, college life, career and technical schools, career planning, assistive technology, self-advocacy, and strategies for success.

For more information, visit http://www.vacollegequest.org/index.shtml or contact Clare Talbert at 703-993-3670 or ctalber1@gmu.edu or Karen Sherman at 703-228-5420.

<sh>AD/HD Program

<bt>"Making Sense of Psychological and Educational Testing" will be the topic of the Nov. 20 program of CHADD (Children and Adults With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) of Northern Virginia. The session will be conducted by psychologists Beverly Parker Lewis, Ph.D., and Carrie Towbes, Ph.D.

The program will begin at 7 p.m., in the multi-purpose lecture room at Fairfax High School, 3500 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax; and is free and open to the public.

AD/HD is characterized by developmentally inappropriate impulsivity, attention, and in some cases, hyperactivity. AD/HD is a neurobiological disorder that affects three to five percent of school-age children.

CHADD of Northern Virginia also offers regular support group meetings for adults with AD/HD and for parents of children with AD/HD. For more information, call (703) 641-5451, e-mail nova_chadd@hotmail.com, or visit www.novachadd.org.

CHADD is a nonprofit organization that provides information and support to parents of children with attention deficit disorders, as well as adults with attention deficit disorders. CHADD of Northern Virginia serves children and adults with AD/HD in Fairfax County, Arlington County, Prince William County, Fauquier County, Loudoun County, Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Manassas, and neighboring jurisdictions.

<sh>FCPS Events Calendar

<bt>Wednesday, Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m.

* Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities meeting. Belle Willard, 10310 Layton Hall Drive, Fairfax.

* Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee meeting. Leis Center, 7423 Camp Alger Ave., Falls Church.

Monday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m.

School Board public hearing, Charter schools. Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church.

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 5:30 p.m.

Elementary school principals reception. Providence Elementary School, 3616 Jermantown Road, Fairfax.

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m.

Gifted and Talented Advisory Committee meeting. Lacey Center, 3705 Crest Drive, Annandale.

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 5:30 p.m.

High school principals reception. Burkholder Center, 10700 Page Ave., Fairfax.

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m.

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

* School Health Advisory Committee meeting, Devonshire Center, 2831 Graham Road, Falls Church.

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 8:30 p.m.

Adult and Community Education Advisory Committee. Woodson High School, 9525 Main St., Fairfax.

Thursday, Nov. 20, 8 a.m.

Professional Technical Studies Advisory Committee meeting. West Potomac High School Academy, 6500 Quander Road, Alexandria.

Thursday, Nov. 20, 5:30 p.m.

Middle school principals reception. Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church.

Thursday, Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m.

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