Sunday, August 10, 2014

Who are John Chadwick and Scott Prisco, and What Are They Doing in Arlington?





Hello,


I wondered what all the fuss was with the County Board and School Board and their respective Capital Improvement Plans. I attended a couple of School Board and County Board CIP work sessions. Two very authoritative APS employees dominated the discussions at all the School Board's CIP work sessions. They are John Chadwick, Assistant Superintendent for Facilities and Operations, and Scott Prisco, APS's Director of Design and Construction. So I did a Web search on John Chadwick and Scott Prisco. You should too.

Turns out Mr. Chadwick and Mr. Prisco are a couple of high-priced New Urbanist architects. Appears that Mr. Chadwick retired after a successful career designing upscale buildings in the New York and DC area and was hired in 2011 by Coach Murphy and the School Board to be Assistant Sup for Facilities and Operations.

Scott Prisco was hired (apparently on a contract) by Coach Murphy and the School Board a year ago. Upscale is not a word that can describe Mr. Prisco. He and his architecture firm, EQ Architecture, formerly The Prisco Group, have earned hundreds of millions in commissions from upscale residential, commercial and public infrastructure projects. One of his recent commissions was to design the 'High School of the Future'  in Philadelphia for Microsoft and Bill Gates. Same Bill Gates who's inflicting his 'Common Core Curriculum' educational agenda on school systems across America. So check it out on the Web. Is the 'High School of the Future' all about Microsoft software and hardware? Check out the photos of the school in operation. Does Scott Prisco's architecture merit the commissions he and his firm are paid? You decide

So what are John and Scott doing in Arlington? 'More Seats for Students', right? But what about three expensive New Urbanist projects underway since John Chadwick was hired by APS -- Williamsburg, Ashlawn, and Abingdon? Williamsburg residents were outraged to learn that Chadwick's Facilities Team (minus Prisco) targeted their single family home neighborhood for a lighted soccer complex. Chadwick's Facilities Team (minus Prisco) made a mess out of Ashlawn School renovation, and the neighbors are outraged to the point of complaining to the County Board.

Now Chadwick's Facilities Team (with Prisco) is apparently out to make Abingdon School into an elementary school version of Bill Gates's 'High School of the Future' with the kids' grass playing fields made over into a $1 million lighted field-sports complex.

As for Thomas Jefferson Middle School, the only way the New Urbanists get to cram 30,000 students into Arlington by 2021 is to build an elementary school on the TJ campus AND build expensive additions to a couple of existing elementary schools in South Arlington. Facilitated by the usual crew from the Arlington Democratic Committee. Or that's the plan as of the last School Board meeting. May change next School Board meeting.

Cindy

45 Comments:

At 10 August, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone tell Chadwick, Prisco, Bill, and Melinda that Fairlington (including the original elementary school which is now the community center) is on the National Register of Historic Places?

 
At 10 August, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you are impressed by Bill and Melinda's architectural design for the High School of the Future you will be even more impressed by Bill and Melinda's architectural design of Gates Hall at Cornell University.

 
At 10 August, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need more ugly expensive Post Modernist buildings in Arlington like we need Bill and Melinda's Common Core Curriculum, which, in fact, the General Assembly flatly rejected together with the McDonnell Administration (including Dave Foster who served as President of the Virginia Board of Education).

 
At 10 August, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chadwick and Prisco don't give a rat's rear end what Arlington's communities think. They're here to help the Zimmercrats impose massive Smart Growth on Arlington.

 
At 10 August, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chadwick stated at the last School Board meeting that the architecture and engineering team for Abingdon School renovation has been selected. By whom? Who are they?

 
At 10 August, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course the County Board will go along with forking over $200 million more on top of the $450 million it's already giving the School Board to make the Soccer Mommies happy.

 
At 10 August, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Audrey Clement for School Board !!!

 
At 10 August, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've seen Mr. Chadwick before, in a Dickens novel, but I can't remember which one.

 
At 10 August, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So John Chadwick was hired in 2011 to be Assistant Sup for Facilities and Operations. That includes maintenance of existing school infrastructure. In 2012 the Abingdon School mommies start loudly complaining that the school is a poorly-maintained dump and needs to be replaced. Duh.

 
At 10 August, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

End New Urbanism NOW !!!

 
At 10 August, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cindy, isn't it appalling that 21st Century Post Modern architects can't tear down 20th Century Post Modern buildings fast enough?

 
At 10 August, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, Cindy. I'm going to do some Web searches to determine what we will get for $50 million for a new elementary school.

 
At 10 August, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sir John Chadwick also believes TJ Middle School was poorly designed and constructed and needs to be replaced.

 
At 10 August, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yupster soccer moms should move to Falls Church where parents dictate to the City Council how much gets spent on the FC public schools.

 
At 10 August, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, when do Chadwick, Prisco, APS, Bill Gates, and Microsoft announce that Abingdon School has been selected to be Microsoft's "Elementary School of the Future"?

 
At 10 August, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What have Chadwick and Prisco promised to Abingdon School parents?

 
At 10 August, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Beam us up, Scotty. The Arlingtonians are increasingly hostile to our Smart Growth overtures. Time to choose another planet."

 
At 10 August, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whomever wrote this blog post has to be a J-School graduate with morals and ethics, not a flunky for the Chamber of Commerce. Thanks for looking out for us, rather than the corporate interests - special interests.

 
At 10 August, 2014 , Anonymous 22206 said...

Cindy attended a year of Journalism School but did not graduate. She majored in English in college.

 
At 10 August, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

For $10 million/year we should be obtaining more for our tax dollars from Arlington Economic Development besides making bar and restaurant employment Arlington's #1 growth industry.

 
At 10 August, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best evaluation I've read about the social and economic devastation New Urbanism will bring to Arlington County over the next decade.

 
At 11 August, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look for the School Board to have to ask the County Board for another $200 million for schools construction.

 
At 11 August, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do they really expect us to vote yes for school bonds when we don't know where the money is going?

 
At 11 August, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Appears that the actual cost of the APS CIP will be $700 million, not $500 million.

 
At 11 August, 2014 , Anonymous Quincy Street said...

Chadwick and Prisco promised the Abingdon School Soccer Mommies between $1 million and $2 million for a dedicated lighted synthetic soccer-lacrosse sports field to replace the present grass playing field.

 
At 12 August, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

County Board needs to send a big audit team over to the School Board offices to determine what the School Board's New Urbanist promises to the Soccer Mommies and Daddies are gong to cost Arlington's taxpayers.

 
At 12 August, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

APS CIP changes every School Board meeting.

 
At 12 August, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Time for Barbara Donnellan to say NO to APS.

 
At 12 August, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arlington Soccer Moms: "Waaaaa....Waaaaa....We demand a gold-plated lighted synthetic surface field sports complex at every elementary school."

 
At 13 August, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Abingdon will be the next Ashlawn.

 
At 13 August, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am voting NO for all bond issues on the ballot in November. New Urbanism is an out-of-control cult.

 
At 13 August, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I drove to work yesterday when it was raining. Drove to lunch when it was raining hard. No bicycles at all on the streets, sidewalks, everywhere. Driving was almost pleasant. Dump New Urbanism and the New Urbanists. Yes, it's a cult. They worship at the altar of Tax-Borrow-Spend.

 
At 13 August, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Audrey Clement for County Board.

 
At 07 October, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arlington Democratic Party New Urbanists are now producing propaganda videos paid for by APS.

 
At 07 October, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a new blog by outraged residents who live around Abingdon school and have been shut out of the design process titled 'Abingdon Neighbors' --- abingdonneighbors.blogspot.com

 
At 21 June, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Latest on Abingdon School --- it will be another ugly and expensive modernist building.

 
At 15 March, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where did Scott Prisco disappear to and why?

 
At 28 March, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too am wondering about Scott Prisco. Why no press release by APS about his disappearance?

 
At 27 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's because he is the new Building Official for the City of Denver. He started about two or three months ago, sometime in January or February. He is not well liked as he doesn't back his employees and spends a lot of time complaining about everyone. He thinks only of production and not of the people, many of who work their tails off every day for him.

 
At 28 April, 2016 , Anonymous 22206 said...

Promises made by Scott Prisco regarding stormwater, tree preservation, and protection of adjacent residential buildings from construction damage in regard to Abingdon Elementary School construction have already been broken by APS, and school construction hasn't yet started. Check out the video of the September 21, 2015 Arlington VA Board of Supervisor's meeting at arlingtonva.us, agenda item 49, Abingdon School. Judge Scott Prisco's performance before the County Board for yourselves.

 
At 28 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have seen John Chadwick and Scott Prisco before, but not in a Dickens novel, but in a novel by Mark Twain that's not part of the American Literature curriculum in colleges anymore.

 
At 28 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

People who work for Scott Prisco in Denver should avoid asking him "What happened at Ashlawn School in Arlington?"

 
At 28 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Then there were the after effects of the bankruptcy of Scott Prisco's architecture firm in NJ in about 2009 ;-}

 
At 28 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why did Scott Prisco suddenly disappear? The immediate past Chair and the current Chair of the Arlington Board of Supervisors were on the Arlington School Board for years and consequently have zero tolerance for 'dog-ate-homework' excuses.

 
At 28 April, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

People who work for Scott Prisco in Denver should avoid asking him about the consequences of his NJ architecture firm's bankruptcy for the Princeton-area school systems.

 

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