PPEA is the Public-Private Education Facilities and Infrastructure Act. It was passed in 2002 by the General Assembly to allow localities to form partnerships with the private sector. Through these partnerships, the public and private sectors work together to complete major projects, like building new schools. To date, hundreds of successful PPEA projects have been completed in Virginia.

A large number of developers, architects and others interested in the George Mason/Mary Ellen Henderson redevelopment attended the scheduled Project Information Session on Tuesday.

Nearly three dozen new faculty members have arrived at Falls Church City Public Schools for a week's long orientation session.

To answer community questions about the status of the Mt. Daniel Expansion Project, FCCPS Superintendent Dr. Toni Jones has issued this community update.

During the month of July MEH Summer School students are exploring careers through project-based learning. This week Dr. Patty Seo-Mayer visited to introduce the students to the wide range of Health Sciences careers - physician, nurse practitioner, audiologist, occupational therapist, and more. 

Falls Church City Public Schools submitted a substantial amount of additional information to the Fairfax Planning Commission on July 6th. The Planning Commission deferred a decision on the 2232 application until September 17th to allow sufficient time for the Fairfax Planning Commission to review and consider that information and for FCCPS to explore the project with the Planning Commission and address any remaining questions.

Stephanie Edwards (second from left) from Hilton Garden Inn visited MEHMS summer school, where students are learning about connections between  academics and the real world. Teachers working on the revamped program - Creative And Real-world Engaging Experience Realized this Summer (CAREERS) -  are introducing students to a wide variety of careers. 

As we await a decision on a demolition permit for the new Mount Daniel Elementary educational wing, summer projects continue on the other parts of the building. Ennis Electric workers (above) are installing large underground conduits to the new Electrical Closet.

The Falls Church School Board has received a conceptual cost estimate for the renovation and an addition to the George Mason High School of more than $95 million. The estimate includes $58 million to renovate GMHS and $33 million for a new educational wing to handle expected enrollment growth for the next 20 years.

2015 George Mason High School Spring Sport "Champions of Character" were recognized and congratulated by the Falls Church School Board during their meeting on July 7th.

FCCPS benefits from hundreds of community partnerships every year. Thanks to local businesses, individuals, non-profit organizations and government partners, who support our students and staff in innumerable ways. Check out the lengthy 2014/15 Partnership Directory.

Last week, the Fairfax County Planning staff recommended approval of the Mount Daniel Elementary expansion following study of the plan by the Zoning Administration staff, the Fairfax County Transportation Department, the Urban Forestry staff, and an environmental analysis by the Office of Site Development and Inspections.

Arcadis U.S. has been selected to serve as Owner's Representative for the George Mason and Mary Ellen Henderson campus planning project.

Four outstanding Falls Church City Public School educators applied for, and have been selected to, extend their learning in their educational field by distinguishing themselves as scholars.

Mortar Boards are thrown high into the air as more than 170 seniors celebrate their graduation after walking across the stage at D.A.R. Constitution Hall before family, friends, and teachers.

The George Mason High School Soccer program completed a perfect combined 52-0 season and the addition of two more VHSL State Championship trophies to the Mustang case this weekend at Radford University.

More than 170 Falls Church residents, parents, students and officials spent the first sunny, dry morning in a week dreaming about tomorrow. For three hours, the architectural firm Cooper-Carry led a New GM-MEH Expansion Visioning session covering areas including school design, commercial development, and sustainability.

The Falls Church School Board recognized eight community partners for their strong support of the division’s schools. The companies were honored as part of the Virginia School Boards Association’s 2015 Business Honor Roll program. The program, in its third year, gives school divisions a way to say “thank you” to local businesses and recognize them for their valuable contributions to the schools.

As the end of school nears, getting ready for this summer's activities occupies most of the non-classroom time for Mount Daniel staff.