Port City Notebook

News, views and random observations around Alexandria

Archive for September 2015

What is the Status of Redistricting?

School board candidates report that they are fielding many questions from anxious voters about redistricting. Parents are concerned that school buildings this year are more crowded than ever and are wondering about the redistricting process and timetable. Some of them believe that the process is much further along than it really is. The major action that the school board has taken to date is retaining J.R. Reingold & Associates Inc., […]

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Save These Dates!

On Sunday, October 4, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Westminster Presbyterian Church will be hosting a Dessert & Dialogue program on mental health. The guest speaker will be Dr. Thomas Insel, the director of the National Institute of Mental Health. All Alexandria community members are welcome, and parents of school-age children are especially invited to attend. Dr. Insel’s presentation in the church’s Fellowship Hall will focus on “The State of […]

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What Can We Glean from the SOL Scores?

There’s good news to report about the 2014-2015 Standards of Learning (SOL) test scores. Pass rates were up significantly and fairly consistently across core subjects, both in Alexandria and statewide. Changes to the SOLs over the preceding several years to make them more difficult had resulted in lower scores across the state, including Alexandria. But scores are improving now that the tests are no longer being revised, and teachers have […]

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