Thursday, October 23, 2014

Will Arlington's Elementary Schools Become Country Day Schools?



Hey Yupette,

Latest about Abingdon Elementary School is the 'More Seats for Students' architects at APS and their good bud architects who design country day schools in upscale outer suburbs are going to make-over Abingdon, and many other Arlington schools, into Country Day Schools.

What's a 'Country Day School'? Origin of Country Day Schools was in the Arts and Crafts Movement of the early 20th Century. So Country Day Schools are big on arts and crafts and other activities that don't directly relate to education (i.e., Sports). Most Country Day Schools are in the outer suburbs, or are in what were once the outer suburbs. So everyone drives to school, parents, staff, and teachers. That includes rituals like the daily drop-off and pick-up of students by parents in upscale SUVs.

Word about Abingdon is that a 1950-1970 vintage suburban elementary school that's needed a renovation for years is going to be massively made-over into an expensive boutique County Day School with lots of additional parking and a big parent drop-off and pick up area. All that will remain of the open space around the school will be a lighted multi-purpose athletic field. Most of the $28.75 million budgeted for Abingdon's renovation and expansion will go for expensive sports, recreation, and other activities.

But what else could you expect from a school system that has increasingly sacrificed trees and open space around schools to build parking lots and drop off areas for parents?

Karen, 22206

16 Comments:

At 24 October, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Don Beyer Ranger Rover beats your Lindsay Lexus.

 
At 24 October, 2014 , Anonymous Muffy said...

Yes. I want Abingdon to be a Country Day School. My daughter needs to acquire the social skills to be a Third Generation Yuppie Mommy

 
At 25 October, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to produce a YouTube video about soccer moms texting while driving their brats through my neighborhood to school...don't have time.

 
At 25 October, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

McKinley Elementary School's and Abingdon Elementary School's architects, Hord, Coplan, Macht SPECIALIZE in designing country day schools !

 
At 25 October, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sustainability? Green buildings? How about those Don Beyer Range Rovers? They get 12 mpg in the city and require premium gas.

 
At 25 October, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Car Free Diet is a huge charade perpetrated on Arlington residents-taxpayers by non-residents who control County Government !!

 
At 26 October, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much pollution do 200 SUVs produce while idling waiting to pick up and drop off students?

 
At 26 October, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where are all the bicycles?

 
At 26 October, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bicycles are stored at home for the weekend.

 
At 28 October, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Car Free Diet is a $3 million / year charade inflicted on Arlington residents by non-residents who drive to and from their offices at 2100 Clarendon Blvd.

 
At 28 October, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Something has to be done about the bikesters who run traffic lights and stop signs without slowing down.

 
At 28 October, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can be assured that no vehicles are clogging the streets where the Arlington Democratic Party Elite live.

 
At 29 October, 2014 , Anonymous 22206 said...

Nearby residents of Abingdon are very unhappy about losing open space to more parking.

 
At 29 October, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bikesters will be made to adhere to the rules of the road only when a VIP's kid in a stroller is hurt or killed by a bikester riding at high speed on the sidewalk.

 
At 31 October, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Community Meeting' at Abingdon School last night was another 'More Parking for Parents' Charade.

 
At 31 October, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fairlington is already a traffic mess anytime any kind of event occurs there.

 

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