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Sunday, December 30, 2012

FCPS considering options for Graham Road building

The Graham Road Community Building

Fairfax County Public Schools is planning to hold a community information meeting in early 2013 on the Graham Road Community Building. A date hasn’t been set.

At least a couple of things are already planned for the site: a new athletic field and a cell tower, which would be relocated from its current location at the Jefferson Volunteer Fire Station at 3101 Hodge Place, Falls Church. That cell tower has to be moved because the fire station will be renovated and expanded.

The building, at the corner of Graham Road and Arlington Boulevard, used to be the Graham Road Elementary School. That school was relocated a mile up the road to a new facility on the site of the old Devonshire administrative building. It opened in September. In October, the school board rejected a proposal to use the Graham Road building for a charter school, the Fairfax Leadership Academy.

In May 2008 when the FCPS school voted  to relocate the Graham Road Elementary School, it also agreed to rename the old building the Graham Road Community Building and begin negotiations with the county on a shared use agreement for providing education, recreation, and other public services and consider whether the property should be transferred to the county.

The Graham Road building is currently used for several county programs. The Department of Community and Neighborhood Services (NCS) operates a teen center 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and 4-8:15 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and a gym program weekday evenings and all day on Saturdays. The county’s Office of Family Services operates a School-Age Child Care program there.

The FCPS Instructional Services Department provides a family literacy program at the Graham Road Community Building Tuesday through Friday, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

1 comment:

  1. How about Head Start/Preschool? Statistics amply demonstrate the positive effect preschool has on high school graduation rates. The program at Baileys Elementary is badly overcrowded, so why not consolidate the programs from Baileys, Westlawn, Graham Rd (up the street) and Fairhill. The little kids don't need much room on the playground, so nothing would need to be done there. It would easily coordinate with the community programs, and SACC already there.