One of the most valuable assets to any community is its schools. In Northern Virginia, we are proud to be the home of superior higher education institutions like George Mason University, Marymount University, and Northern Virginia Community College. We host satellite campuses of UVA and Virginia Tech. We are also home to some of the best K-12 systems in the region, including the largest: Fairfax County Public Schools.
Our Chamber has long supported the biannual FCPS school bond referendum. Every two years, the Schools go to the voters in Fairfax to ask for the ability to borrow the funding to rehabilitate, renovate and build new school facilities. These bond referenda tend to pass with flying colors. That is in no small part thanks to the efforts of the Citizens Committee our Chamber hosts.
This year is another year for a school bond in Fairfax County, and the Chamber is once again hosting the Citizens Committee. The Committee, appointed by the School Board, is made up of community leaders who activate their networks to get out key information on the bond, and to get out the vote. The Chamber acts as the host organization and provides the committee with organizational help and promotional materials courtesy of Chamber Board Member Len Forkas of Milestone Communications.
If you are a resident of, or your business is located in, Fairfax County, consider sharing the message about the 2021 School Bond referendum with your network. Remember that even if you do not currently have school-aged children, schools provide space for thousands of community meetings each year for groups like HOAs, scouts, and religious and cultural groups. Businesses are attracted to a region where the school system – from pre-K through higher education – is world class like in Northern Virginia. Schools are an asset from which we all benefit.
Early voting starts on September 17th! You can find out more about what is included in the 2021 School Bond here.