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2013: Ryan McElveen's Goals for Fairfax Schools

Fairfax County School Board member shares list of "ins" and "outs" for the new year.

As 2013 approaches, Patch has asked Fairfax County School Board members to share their goals and priorities for 2013.

Member Ryan McElveen (At-large) chose to write an "Unofficial FCPS 2013 In-and-Out List." It runs unedited below.

It’s that time of year when we reflect on all we’ve done over the past year and look ahead to what the New Year will bring.

In a county as big as Fairfax, the to-do list is endless, but here are some of the things on which the School Board is setting its sights for 2013. I wish you a wonderful holiday break!


Out                                               In
Quesadillas                                    Quinoa
Streamline and Focus                      Hocus Pocus
South County Secondary                 South County Middle
Daniel Day-Lewis                            Dan Storck
“Learning Cottages”                        Modulars
Online Textbooks                            Hardback Textbooks
Zero Tolerance                               Restorative Justice
Teacher Burnout                             Teacher Unburdening
Dean Tistadt                                  Jeff Platenberg
In-person Testimony                       YouTube Testimony
IB Diploma                                    IB Career Certificate
Bathroom Humiliation                     Bathroom Renovations
SLEEP                                           SLEEP
“One-arm bandit” desks                  GMU Lab School
SOLs                                             PISA
Mispronounced names                    Forgotten Acronyms
Preventive Maintenance                  Required Maintenance
PSY                                              Ilryong Moon
Open Classrooms                           Doors
Head Start Wait List                      Longer Head Start Wait List
Fiscal Cliff                                     Dumpster Diving
Soda                                            Water
Full Day K                                     Pre-K
FOCUS                                         Lawson
Graham Road                                Willston Center
“Old School Board”                        “Previous School Board”
School Bond Authority                    Increased Overcrowding
AAP Unrest                                    TJHSST Unrest
Boundary Meeting Nights                Boundary Lite
Jack Dale                                        ?


Ryan McElveen is an At-large member of the Fairfax County School Board. The list above is written in a light-hearted spirit, and represents Ryan’s views, not necessarily those of the School Board.

Kathy Keith December 30, 2012 at 01:25 PM
What a waste of an opportunity to share your views with the community. I do not particularly agree with Co-chair Hynes views, but she told us what her goals are. What are yours, Mr. McElveen?
Melanie Meren January 02, 2013 at 02:08 AM
Love that "quinoa" is at the top! Also like seeing SLEEP, Pre-K, and water. Creative way to share your thoughts. Thanks.
Hank January 02, 2013 at 06:02 PM
I must agree that this list is juvenile and poorly represents the community concerns. I know that board member mcelveen is young and trying to be cute here, but when it comes to educating our kids - something that people look to for home values, bringing new business to Fairfax county, etc - I for one would appreciate a more professional communication from a person entrusted with a seat on the school board.
Joe Pernod January 03, 2013 at 06:49 PM
OMG - what stupidity. Our "world-class" school district is seriously represented by this clown? This list reads like a silly year book entry. Could we please have some adults running our school board. This wasn't creativity. It was stupidity.

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