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SUSAN, I BELIEVE I'M SUPPOSED TO SAY THE TIME.

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THE MEETING IS BEGINNING AT 5:07 P.M.

AND NEED TO READ OFF COVID WARNING -- MESSAGE.

RIGHT, SUSAN?

>> DOES THIS GIVE CONTEXT TO THE VIRTUAL MEETING?

>> YES.

WE NEED THE DATE.

TIME.

AND THEN YOU NEED TO READ THAT STATEMENT AT THE TOP.

>> GET READY FOR MY VOICE.

THIS IS A LONG ONE.

IT IS FEBRUARY 22ND, 5:07 P.M.

DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC EMERGENCY, THE FEBRUARY 22ND, 2021, MEETING OF THE MEETING IS BEING HELD ELECTRONICALLY PURSUANT TO VIRGINIA CODE SECTION 2.2 -- 3708.2A3.

ENACTED BY THE 2020 VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY WHICH IS THE VIRGINIA ABILITIES OF ASSEMBLY 1283 AND 89 TO UNDERTAKE ESSENTIAL BUSINESS.

ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE BOARD AND STAFF ARE PARTICIPATING.

THIS MEETING IS BEING HELD ELECTRONICALLY UNLESS IT IS SAFE ENOUGH TO BE HELD IN PERSON AT 301 KING STREET, ALEXANDER, VIRGINIA.

ELECTRONIC ACCESS WILL BE PROVIDED IN EITHER EVENT.

THIS MEETING CAN BE ACCESSED BY THE PUBLIC VIA ZOOM AT THE LINK FOUND ON THE WEBSITE AS WELL AS OTHER DIAL IN INFORMATION PROVIDED.

THANK YOU.

SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, COULD I GET PLEASE SOMEONE TO ADOPT THE AGENDA FOR FEBRUARY 20TH JOINT SUBCOMMITTEE MEETING?

>> SO 3406ED.

>> SECOND.

>> -- MOVED.

>> SECONDED.

>> GREAT.

ALL RIGHT.

SO WE'RE GOING THE BEGIN WITH THE COVID-19 UPDATE.

[I. COVID- 19 Update]

>> TWO TAKES THAT ONE? WHO HAS THAT ITEM?

>>.

>> DR. HERRING, WOULD YOU MIND?

>> YES.

GOOD EVENING, CAN YOU HEAR ME? HAERIN -- HAERING.

FIRST THE #S.

WE'VE HAD JUST OVER 10,000 CASES IN ALEXANDRIA.

UNFORTUNATELY, WE'VE HAD 107 DEATHS.

WE'LL SEE A COUPLE MORE DEATHS REGISTERED OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.

THOSE HAVE NOT BEEN RECENT DEATHS.

WE'VE HEARD OF DEATHS THAT HAVE OCCURRED OVER THE PAST SEVERAL WEEKS THAT ARE JUST CATCHING UP IN THE DATA THAT WILL BE REPORTED SATURDAY THROUGH TOMORROW OR WEDNESDAY AND THOSE NUMBERS WILL BE ABOUT SIX.

SO RIGHT NOW WE'RE AT 107 DEATHS AND JUST OVER 10,000 CASES IN ALEXANDRIA.

DISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECTING ALEXANDRIA IS BOTH IN THE CASES, THE HOSPITALIZATIONS AND IN THE DEATHS BEING ENCOUNTERED OR SUFFERED.

ALEXANDER HAS VACCINATED FULLY VACCINATED 7,000 PEOPLE AND 17,000 PEOPLE HAVE RECEIVED ONE DOSE OF THE TWO DOSE SERIES FOR SOMEWHAT OVER 24,000 PEOPLE WHO HAVE RECEIVED SOME VACCINATION FOR THE TOTAL NUMBER OF DOSES CENTERED.

WHEN WE -- ADMINISTERED.

DIFFERENT DASH BOARDS YOU SEEP DIFFERENT THINGS BECAUSE SOME ARE BY WHAT THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS ADMINISTERING.

SOME ARE BY WHAT THE RESIDENTS OF THE PERSON WHO IS RECEIVING IT.

THOSE NUMBERS I JUST GAVE YOU ARE BY THE HEALTH DISTRICT BY RESIDENT.

WE HAVE BEEN REALLY FOCUSING OUR ATTENTION ON VACCINATION EFFORTS FOR THE 1A, 1, 2, AND 3 AS WELL AS THE REST OF 1 B AND OF COURSE 1 B 3 -- WHEN WE LOOK AT THE NUMBERS THAT HAVE AN ACPS EMAIL ADDRESS SOMEWHERE CLOSE TO 1,500 OR JUST OVER 1,500.

BUT THERE COULD BE A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT ACPS EMPLOYEES WHO CHOSE NOT TO USE THEIR ACPS ADDRESS.

WE'RE NOT ALLOWED BY HIPAA STANDARDS.

WE WOULD NOT HAVE THAT SORT OF DATA BUT WE CAN SAY THAT WE'VE PROVIDED VACCINES TO ABOUT 1,500 PEOPLE WHO HAVE USED AN ACPS EMAIL ADDRESS.

WE'LL CONTINUE TO FOCUS OUR EFFORT ON THE FRONT LINE ESSENTIAL WORKERS AND WE'RE

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ALSO REALLY FOCUSING OUTREACH TO THE CENSUS TRACKS THAT HAVE THE HIGHEST SOCIAL VULNERABILITY AS DEFINED BY THE CDC INVOLVING A POVERTY, ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE, 157 DIFFERENT SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH AND THE WAY THAT WE DO THAT IS WE OPEN UP A GIVEN POD TO THE RESIDENTS WHO ARE ELIGIBLE WHETHER THEY'RE AGE 65 AND OLDER OR WHETHER THEY HAVE AN UNDERLYING MEDICAL CONDITION.

WE OPEN IT UP TO THOSE PEOPLE LIVING IN THOSE CENSUS TRACKS BEFORE WE OPEN IT UP MORE WIDELY.

THERE ARE OTHER STREAMS OF VACCINE THAT ARE COMING IN.

ONE IS THE FEDERAL RETAIL PHARMACY PROGRAM.

WE'VE HEARD RECENTLY THERE'S AN ADDITIONAL PHARMACY BEYOND CVS OFFERING THIS AND THEY SHOULD BE OFFERING THIS IN THE COMING DAYS.

WE'RE HOPING THEY WOULD USE OUR REGISTRATION LIST.

AND FINALLY, WE'RE HOPEFUL THAT OUR FQLC WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED IN FUTURE STREAMS SO RIGHT NOW VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH RECEIVES ABOUT 105,000 VACCINES AND WITH THIS FEDERAL RETAIL PHARMACY, IT SHOULD BE SOMEWHAT OVER 160,000 DOSES.

HOW MUCH THAT TRANSLATES INTO ALEXANDRIA IS TO BE DETERMINED.

FINALLY, THE LAST THING IS THAT WE'RE MESSAGING PEOPLE WHEN THEY GET THEIR VACCINE IT'S NOT A GET OUT OF JAIL FREE CARD TUT HAVE TO CONTINUE TO WEAR YOUR MASK AND THE SOCIAL DISTANCING.

THOSE THINGS ARE GOING TO BE ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL UNTIL WE GET TO A HERD IMMUNITY WHERE WE CAN START RELAXING STANDARDS AT THIS TIME SHARED WITH DR. HUTCH LINGS RECENTLY THAT VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH HAS DRAFTED NEW GUIDANCE BASED OFF CENTERS OF DISEASE CONTROL UPDATES TO SCHOOL GUIDANCE.

I'VE PROVIDED INPUT TO THAT.

THAT IS NOW BEING DISCUSSED WITH VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND I'M NOT SURE OF WHEN THAT GUIDANCE WILL BE ISSUED AND MAYBE DR. HUTCHINGS HAS MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THAT AS WE ROLL FLU THIS MEETING.

-- THROUGH THIS MEETING.

THAT'S WHAT I HAVE.

I SHOULD SAY OUR TEAM HAS WORKED VERY CLOSELY WITH ACPS IN TERMS OF MEETINGS, IN TERMS OF DOING TOWN HALLS AND GOING THROUGH EXERCISES AS THOUGH SOMEBODY HAS A CASE IN A SCHOOL.

THE SCHOOLS HAVE SENT US A LOT OF QUESTIONS WE'RE WORKING THROUGH AND GETTING THOSE ANSWERS BACK.

>> THAT'S IT FOR ME UNLESS THERE'S SPECIFIC QUESTIONS.

>> ANYONE HAVE QUESTIONS? ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, DR. HEARING.

WE'RE SO FORTUNATE TO HAVE YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS.

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK.

>> YEAH.

AND I WANT TO REITERATE IT HAS BEEN A WHOLE COMMUNITY WIDE CITY WIDE EFFORT.

EVERYTHING YOU'RE SEEING IS REALLY BECAUSE OF SO MANY DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS IN THE CITY PITCHING IN TO HELP US BECAUSE WE'RE NOT REAL BIG AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT A POD IT ACTUALLY HAS MORE PEOPLE WORKING IN A POD THAN WE HAVE WORKING AT THELTH DEPARTMENT.

SO, AGAIN, THANK YOU TO THE SCHOOL FOR YOUR CLOSE COLLABORATION.

>> LIKE I SAID EARLIER, I THINK IT'S THE BEST OF ALEXANDRIA COMING TOGETHER AND WE COULD NOT BE MORE FORTUNATE ESPECIALLY IN A TIME OF CRISIS LIKE IF THERE'S EVER A TIME THAT YOU WANT THE BEST TO BE COMING OUT IT'S DURING THAT TIME.

SO GREATFUL AND THANK YOU SO MUCH.

MR. MAYOR, DO YOU WANT TO SAY SOMETHING? SO MR. MAYOR, THIS IS UNUSUAL BUT WE CAN'T HEAR YOU.

>> SORRY.

HERE WE ARE.

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

>> YEP.

>> OKAY.

IT WAS LIKE EVERYONE'S DREAM THERE I WAS MUTED.

ALL RIGHT.

SO CAN I ASK ONE QUESTION THAT RELATES TO THE COORDINATION AROUND REOPENING BECAUSE I KNOW I'VE HEARD FROM A NUMBER OF PARENTS AND SOME EDUCATORS AS WELL AND ACPS JUST ABOUT HOW WE POTENTIALLY DEPLOY TESTING, WHETHER IT'S THROUGH OUR CURATIVE CONTRACT OR WHATEVER FOR FOLKS RETURNING TO SCHOOL BUILDINGS.

IS THAT STILL SOMETHING THAT WE FEEL LIKE ARE SHOULD NOT BE PART OF THE REOPENING STATE OR I GUESS GIVE ME AN IDEA OF WHERE WE'RE AT ON THAT?

>> ROUTINE SCREENING TESTING I'M NOT RECOMMENDING FOR SCHOOL REOPENING.

IT DOESN'T -- IT ACTUALLY CAN LET PEOPLE'S GUARDS DOWN BECAUSE YOU CAN HAVE THE

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FALSE NEGATIVES PLUS THE RAPID ANT GENERAL TEST IS NOT USEFUL UNLESS SOMEONE IS SYMPTOMATIC.

THE PCR TEST TAKES A COUPLE OF DAYS EVEN FROM CURATIVE WHICH USES THE PCR TEST SO WE'RE STILL RECOMMENDING TO USE THE TESTING WHEN THERE ARE CASES WHEN SOMEBODY IS SCHISM TO MATTIC AND -- SYMPTOMIC MATTIC -- THERE WAS A STUDY IN GEORGE URGE WHERE THEY LOOKED AT A SCHOOL SYSTEM, ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SYSTEM AND THERE WERE NINE CLUSTERS OR OUTBREAKS AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT THEY REPORTED WAS THAT ALL NINE OUTBREAKS, ALL NINE, INVOLVED NOT FOLLOWING THE PHYSICAL DISTANCING.

FIVE OF THOSE ALSO INCLUDED NOT USING MASKS CON SYNTHSLY OR CORRECTLY.

SO THERE'S A LOT TO BE LEARNED FROM A SCHOOL THAT'S BEEN IN SESSION SO WE CAN GO BACK TO THE WHITE HOUSE THAT WAS IN THE ROSE GARDEN WHERE THEY WERE TESTING EVERYBODY THAT CAME IN AND THAT TURNED INTO A SUPERSPREADER EVENT KNOWING THAT PEOPLE WERE CLOSE TOGETHER AND WERE NOT WEARING MASKS.

SO THE WAY TO PREVENT THE SPREAD IS THAT SOCIAL DISTANCING AND THE MASKING.

>> YEAH.

IT'S ONE OF THOSE THINGS WHERE IT'S THE BALANCE BETWEEN KIND OF ALMOST A PERFORMATIVE REASSURANCE VERSUS WHAT PUBLIC HEALTH DATA SHOWS US AND THE SCIENCE SHOWS US.

AND I GET THE -- I GET KIND OF THAT BALANCE WHICH IS DIFFICULT I KNOW THROUGHOUT THIS.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU THOUGH FOR THAT EXPLANATION.

I APPRECIATE THAT.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH.

WE HAVE NO PUBLIC COMMENTS FOR THIS EVENING SO LET'S CONTINUE TO MOVE ON.

COULD I GET APPROVAL PLEASE OF THE JANUARY 25G9 MEETING THAT ARERY WHICH WAS

[III. Approval of January 25, 2021 Meeting Summary (attached)]

ATTACHED?

>> MOVE APPROVAL.

>> OKAY.

GREAT.

>> JOHN WE'RE GOOD.

SECOND.

THANK YOU.

AND THEN WE WILL MOVE FORWARD WITH OUR NEXT ITEM WHICH IS THE HIGH SCHOOL

[ IV. a. High School Project]

PROJECT >> I'M SORRY.

CAN I STEP BACK AGAIN.

ARE WE GOING TO GET UPDATES ON KIND OF THE COORDINATED SUPPORT OF REOPENING FROM BOTH SIDES? DO WE HAVE UPDATES ON THAT AND WHERE WE'RE AT? I KNOW WE TALKED PREVIOUSLY ABOUT THAT.

>> I'LL GIVE AN UPDATE.

>> SO THANK YOU, MAYOR WILSON.

AND WE ARE ON TARGET WHICH I'M EXCITED ABOUT.

SO WE'RE ON TARGET WITH OUR OPENING AND OUR PROCESS.

SINCE THE LAST TIME WE'VE MET WE HAVE GOTTEN INFORMATION BACK.

>> OUR STAFF SPECIFICALLY WE HAD OUR STAFF COMPLETE A FORM -- WE HAD ABOUT 554 EMPLOYEES WHO CHOSE NOT TO DISCLOSE THEIR INFORMATION REGARDING THEIR VACCINATION WHICH THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO DO.

WE HAVE 141 WHO ARE NOT TAKING THE VACCINATION FOR WHATEVER REASON.

WE HAVE WE HAD 598 MONTH HAD THEIR FIRST COMPLETED AND THEY WERE ALREADY SET FOR THEIR SECOND APPOINTMENT.

AND THEN WE HAD 36 AT THE TIME WHO HAD COMPLETED THEIR SECOND DOTES SO OUR

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NUMBERS -- DOSE SO OUR NUMBERS ARE PROBABLY DIFFERENT AT THIS POINT SO FEBRUARY 9TH I DIDN'T HAVE MY SECOND DOSE BUT NOW I DO SO I AM ONE WEEK OUT.

A LITTLE OVER A WEEK NOW.

ALMOST FINISHING MY SECOND WEEK SINCE MY SECOND DOSE OF THE VACCINE.

SO THAT WAS WHERE WE STAND RIGHT NOW WITH OUR INFORMATION.

WE ARE WING WITH OUR OUTSOURCING COMPANY TO PROVIDE CLASSROOM MONITORS IN OUR CLASSROOMS WHERE TEACHERS ARE UNABLE TO RETURN AND LATER TODAY, FAMILIES WILL BE RECEIVING THEIR SCHEDULES FOR FAMILIES WHO ARE SCHEDULED TO RETURN MARCH 2ND AND 9TH.

THOSE SCHEDULES ARE GOING OUT TODAY AND WE'RE ALSO GOING TO BE PROVIDING WITH THEM.

THE OTHER COMPONENT IS IN REGARD TO TRANSPORTATION WHICH IS STILL A HUGE ENDEAVOR FOR US.

YOU KNOW, IT IS ALWAYS HURDLES ALONG THE WAY IN THIS WORLD OF COVID.

AND ONE OF THE HURDLES THAT WE HAVE WITH TRANSPORTATION THAT WE'RE OVERCOMING IS THE FACT THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO DO DOUBLE RUNS IN ORDER TO ACCOMMODATE ALL OF OUR STUDENTS TO AND FROM SCHOOL AND THAT IS BECAUSE WE HAVE TO STILL FOLLOW THE CDC GUIDELINES ON OUR BUSES SO OUR BUSES FIT BETWEEN 8 AND 10 KIDS ON THEM NOW WITH THESE NEW -- THE IDENTIFIED LINES WHICH IS HUGE CHALLENGE THAT WE'RE OVERCOMING AND WE ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGING OUR FAMILIES TO BRING THEIR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL AND PICK THEIR CHILDREN UP FROM SCHOOL VERSUS HAVING THEM RIDE THE BUS FOR THE REST OF THIS YEAR JUST SO THAT WE CAN TRY TO ELIMINATE THESE DOUBLE RUNS.

WE'RE DOING THE DOUBLE RUNS BUT IT IS GOING TO HAVE SOME OF OUR STUDENTS ARRIVING AT SCHOOL AT A LATER TIME THAN THE SCHOOL DAY BEGINS SO THEY'LL BE ARRIVING LATE OF COURSE IT WILL BE EXCUSED IF THEY ARRIVE LATE BUT WE WOULD LIKE THEM TO BE ABLE TO GET TO SCHOOL ON TIME BUT WITH THESE CDC GUIDELINES AND THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS ELIGIBLE FOR TRANSPORTATION IT WAS JUST NOT FEASIBLE.

WE'RE STILL WORKING THROUGH THAT AND ENCOURAGING OUR FAMILIES.

I DID ANNOUNCEMENT TO OUR FAMILIES OUT.

WE'RE ALSO SHARING THAT WHEN WE SEND THEIR TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION TO THEIR HOMES, I'M JUST ENCOURAGING THEM IF THEY CAN BECAUSE MANY OF OUR FAMILIES WE KNOW CAN BRING THEIR KIDS TO AND FROM SCHOOL BUT IF THEY ARE ABLE, THEY DO THAT.

THAT CONCLUDES MY COMMENTS.

ANY QUESTIONS? JOHN?

>> SO I THINK MY QUESTION IS ACTUALLY FOR DR. HEARING BUT I THINK DR. HUTCHINGS KIND OF BROUGHT THIS UP.

DO WE KNOW HOW LONG AND I'VE HEARD NUMEROUS THINGS ON THE NEWS SO THAT'S WHY I'M ASKING THE QUESTION TO YOU, HOW LONG THE VACCINES ARE KIND OF GOOD FOR? IS DR. HUTCHINGS AND SCHOOL STAFF GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE -- KEEP CONSISTENCY WITH SCHOOL MAKE APPOINTMENTS SIX OR EIGHT MONTHS DOWN THE LINE?

>> THANK YOU FOR ASKING THAT.

THAT'S ANOTHER QUESTION THAT WE DON'T KNOW FOR SURE QUITE FRANKLY.

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AND THAT'S WHAT WE'LL BE MONITORING AND WATCHING OVER THE COMING MONTHS AND YEARS EVEN.

HOW LONG DOES ONE HAVE IMMUNE TOY THE LEVEL THAT YOU'RE NOT AT RISK OF DYING OR NOT AT RISK OF GOING TO THE HOSPITAL BECAUSE THAT'S THE END POINT THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT GENERALLY WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT COVID-19.

IT WILL BE AT LEAST SEVERAL MONTHS BECAUSE THE CDC HAS RECOMMENDED THAT STATES CAN ADOPT DIFFERENT GUIDANCE FOR QUARANTINING AFTER A PERSON WHO HAS BEEN FULLY VACCINATED, TWO WEEKS AFTER THAT, IF THEY'VE HAD A CLOSE EXPOSURE WHAT THAT MIGHT MEAN AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THEY NEED TO QUARANTINE.

THAT HAS NOT YET BEEN DETERMINED WHETHER OR NOT VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IS PRECISELY FOLLOWING THAT GUIDANCE AND THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS WE'RE WORKING THROUGH BUT TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION, WE'RE NOT SURE IF PEOPLE WILL NEED A BOOSTER SHOT IN SIX MONTHS OR A YEAR.

MY GUESS IS BASED OFF OF OTHER VACCINES THAT WE KNOW OF THAT WE WILL NOT NEED A BOOSTER IN SIX MONTHS BUT THAT WE'LL HAVE MORE INFORMATION IN THE SIX TO 12 MONTH RANGE AS TO WHETHER OR NOT A BOOSTER IS REQUIRED AT THAT TIME.

>> THANK YOU.

A QUESTION I HAVE FOR DR. HUTCHINGS AND I'LL TELL YOU WE'RE DEALING WITH THIS OVER AT MY EMPLOYER.

THIS IS ACTUALLY THE SUBJECT OF A BIG MEETING I HAVE TO GO TO.

DURING THE COURSE OF TIME I'LL GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE FOR FAIRFAX WE'VE HAD SCHOOL AGED CHILD CARE.

THIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS WE HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO ACCEPT THE REQUEST TO GO FRAY 23578LY TO HYBRID RIGHT NOW BECAUSE EVERYTHING FROM TRANSPORTATION TO CLASSROOM SET UP TO WHERE CLASSROOMS ARE LOCATE REDIRECT EXAMINATION BASED ON THOSE DECEMBER NUMBERS OF FAMILIES SAYING THEY WANT THE HYBRID APPROACH.

EVERY TIME WE MAKE CHANGES TO THAT IT COULD IMPACT A POTENTIAL CLASSROOM OR SCHOOL BUILDINGS WHICH THEN HAVE AN IMPACT ON COMMUNITY PARTNERS SO RIGHT NOW WE DON'T HAVE THAT SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGE BUT I WILL TELL YOU WE ARE GOING TO HAVE THAT CHALLENGE AS WE GET FURTHER INTO THIS AND WE HAVE MORE STUDENTS RETURNING BACK INTO OUR SCHOOL BUILDINGS.

I THINK THAT'S GOING TO BE AN ISSUE FOR ALL SCHOOL DIVISIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

>> SO TO THAT, WHERE ARE WE WITH I'M ASSUMING WORK, THE CITY, WORKING WITH OTHER FOLKS THAT MIGHT HAVE SPACE TO KIND OF FIGURE OUT WHAT THOSE NEXT STEPS MIGHT BE EVEN IF WE DON'T HAVE TO PULL THE KIND OF TRIGGER O THEM THEN.

>> YEAH.

AND WE ARE.

WE'RE WORKING WITH A CITY RIGHT NOW.

HONESTLY, WE'VE BEEN TALKING TO A LOT OF CITY OFFICIALS.

INTERNAL CITY FOLKS AND THEY'RE HAVING TROUBLE FINDING SPACE FOR US TOO.

EVEN THROUGHOUT THE CITY.

I KNOW THAT'S BEEN A CHALLENGE.

SO WE'RE WORKING THROUGH SOME ALTERNATIVE LOCATIONS AS WE ARE GOING TO NEED THEM IN THE FUTURE.

WE'RE NOT WAITING UNTIL WE NEED THEM AND IT STILL BEING A CHALLENGE THOUGH,

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IDENTIFYING THE ACTUAL SPACES TO ACTUAL MEET THE DIFFERENT CODES THAT WE HAVE TO FOR ANY TYPE OF CHILD CARE OPERATIONS WE CAN'T SCREES PUT PEOPLE ANYWHERE.

THERE REASONABLY PRUDENT PERSON SPECIAL CODES AND THINGS THAT WE DO HAVE TO FOLLOW IN ORDER TO MAKE THOSE PLACES ACCOMMODATE US BUT INTERNALLY WE'RE HAVING SEVERAL DISCUSSIONS.

OUR SCHOOL TEAM WITH THE CITY TEAM AND THEY ARE STILL SEEING SOME CHALLENGES AND FIND THESE ALTERNATIVE LOCATIONS.

WE'RE WORKING THROUGH IT >> AND SO THE CITY MANAGER HOW HAS THAT IMPACTED OUR CONVERSATIONS, DISCUSSIONS, POSSIBLY OUR BUDGET? OR POSSIBLY BUDGET THE REST OF THE FISCAL YEAR.

>> AS FAR AS THE BANALITY WITH A LOT OF COVID WE JUST MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION AND THEN FIGURE OUT WHERE THE MONEY IS COMING FROM.

THE GOOD NEWS IS FEDERAL STIMULUS MONEY HOPEFULLY THE HOUSE WILL ACT FRIDAY OR SATURDAY AND THE SENATE HOPEFULLY SOON AFTER THAT.

AND SO WE MAY HAVE ADDITIONAL MONEYS COMING DOWN THE PIKE TO BE ABLE TO USE THE SCHOOLS IN THAT FEDERAL STIMULUS MONEY THERE.

IS 150 BILLION I THINK FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN THE UNITED STATES.

IN EFFECT TO DEAL WITH THE LANGUAGE.

REENTRY.

REENTRY COSTS.

RESTART COSTS.

AND SO I THINK THERE IS KIND OF TAKE A LEAP OF FAITH WHEN IT COMES TO MAKING

FINANCIAL COMMITMENTS KNOWING WE HAVE -- >> MAYOR WILSON, I BELIEVE YOU'RE ON MUTE AGAIN.

>> GOOD THING I WAVE MY HANDS A LOT.

THANK YOU.

SO CAN I FOLLOW ON THE QUESTIONS BECAUSE THIS IS SOMETHING WE'VE TALKED ABOUT QUITE A BIT.

AGAIN, MAYBE MORE TO THE MANAGER OR MS. COLLINS, I WANT TO UNDERSTAND.

SO WE HAVE -- WE HAVE THINGS HAPPENING IN OUR EXISTING FACILITIES TODAY AND IN MY MIND AND THIS IS JUST MY MIND, I THINK IN A NUMBER OF CASES, SOME OF THESE USES WE'RE POTENTIALLY TALKING ABOUT ACPS ARE HIGHER PRIORITY THAN THE THINGS WE HAVE GOING ON IN SOME OF THESE FACILITIES AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE WE'RE HAVING THAT CONVERSATION IF WE NEED T DISPLACE THINGS AND FIGURING OUT NOW WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO WHEN WE POTENTIALLY NEED TO DISPLACE PROGRAMS AND USES I'M THINKING OF REC CENTERS AND OTHER FACILITIES TO POTENTIALLY ACCOMMODATE MAYBE NOT IN THE SPRING HERE BUT POSSIBLY IN THE SUMMER AND THEN CERTAINLY IN THE FALL.

SO I THINK THAT WE JUST NEED TO DON'T HAVE THOSE ONGOING LOOK SEES AT WHAT IS AVAILABLE AND NOT JUST CITY FACILITIES BUT WE'RE TALKING TO BUSINESS PARTNERS TO BE SURE THERE'S CAPACITY THERE AS WELL AND I THINK WASN'T THERE A RECENT -- GO AHEAD.

>> YES, THAT'S CORRECT.

ALICIA, DR. HART IS ON HERE TOO.

SHE HAS SOME ADDITIONAL INFORMATION BUT WE BOTH HAVE BEEN ASKING SOME

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QUESTIONS THROUGH DIFFERENT CITY OFFICIALS TO SAY WHAT DO YOU HAVE? WHAT COULD BE POSSIBLY USED AND YOU'RE RIGHT THE SPRING IS NOT -- THERE'S NOT REALLY ANY GOOD OPENINGS RIGHT NOW FOR THOSE TYPES OF BUILDINGS BUT WE'VE ALSO REACHED OUT TO POSSIBLE COMMERCIAL LOCATIONS AND BUILDINGS THAT COULD BE USED AND SO WE'RE STILL IN THOSE DISCUSSIONS.

THE GREATEST THING I CAN TELL YOU AND DR. HART CAN ELABORATE A BIT IS THAT WE CONTINUED TO HAVE REALLY GOOD CONVERSATIONS WITH TH APPROPRIATE PEOPLE SO THAT WE COULD CONTINUE THE DISCUSSIONS.

I THINK THAT'S THE MAIN POINT IF THE WE'RE STILL LOOKING.

LUCKILY IT LOOKS LIKE THEY COULD CONTINUE OUR CHILD CARE SCHOOL DAYCARE IN OUR FACILITIES AS THEY CURRENTLY ARE BUT AS DR. HUTCHINGS ALLUDED TO, NOT SURE HOW LONG THAT'S GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO.

I'M HEARING THAT WE'RE HAVING LOTS OF CONVERSATION AS.

I UNDERSTAND THE CONVERSATIONS ARE HAPPENING.

WHAT I DON'T THINK I SEE IS RESULTS OF THOSE CONVERSATIONS.

I DON'T SEE WALLS BEING KNOCKED DOWN OR ACCOMODATIONS OCCURRING TO MAKE THIS STUFF HAPPEN.

I DON'T SEE PLANS THAT REFLECT THAT.

I'M NOT TRYING TO STEER THIS.

I DON'T KNOW HOW THIS STUFF WORKS BUT I'M NO LONGER AT A POINT WHERE HEARING CONFERRINGS ARE HAPPENING IS AN ANSWER THAT IS PARTICULARLY ATTRACTIVE TO ME.

SO I WANT TO UNDERSTAND HOW THIS IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING.

AND I WANT TO UNDERSTAND WHAT FACILITIES WE'RE LOOKING AT.

WHAT BARRIERS ARE IN EXISTENCE AND WHAT WE'RE DOING TO CLEAR THOSE BARRIERS.

>> I AGREE WITH THE MAYOR AND I ALSO DON'T WANT TO KIND OF DETERMINE HOW STAFF DOES THIS BUT WOULD IT BE BETTER POSSIBLY TO TO GIVE STAFF FLEXIBILITY TO DO WHATEVER THEY'RE DOING BUT KIND OF GIVE THEM AN END DATE THAT YOU WANT TO KIND OF SEE SOMETHING CONCRETE? THAT WAY THEY WORRY ABOUT THE BARRIERS AND HOW THEY GET THAT DONE AND THEY HAVE A TIMELINE THAT THEY NEED TO KIND OF COME BACK TO THIS BODY OR THE SCHOOL BOARD OR COUNCIL WITH SOME -- SOMETHING CONCRETE BECAUSE I AGREE WITH YOU.

I THINK THEY'RE WORKING AND I'M NOT GOING TO DOUBT THAT WORK BUT I ALSO DON'T WANT TO HAVE THEM LAY OUT ALL OF THE CHALLENGES AND TRY TO WORK THROUGH WITH THEM.

I THINK THEY CAN DO THAT THEMSELVES AT THIS TIME JUST WANT TO SEE AND HEAR WHEN SOMETHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN AND WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE.

>> AND IF I CAN JUST SAY ADD ONE SMALL POINT.

STAFF HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THE VIRTUAL PLUS SO IT'S NOT LIKE THE REC CENTERS ARE SAYING THEY'RE EMPTY.

THERE ARE STUDENTS SHOWING UP FOR SOME OF THESE LOCATIONS.

AND WE'VE BEEN WORKING WITH THEM SO WE'RE HAPPY TO GO BACK AND COME UP WITH LIKE YOU SAID A CONCRETE DATE TO SAY THIS IS WHAT'S HAPPENING X, Y, AND Z.

YOU CAN HAVE THOSE ON SITE BECAUSE AFTER SCHOOL IS A LITTLE BIT EASIER.

IT'S THAT SCHOOL DAY HOURS FOR CHILDREN IN SCHOOL AGED GRADES.

THAT WE NEED SPACE FOR TO CONTINUE.

AND I'LL AGAIN PUT IT TO DR. HART.

I CAN LET YOU KNOW JUST IN PLAIN LANGUAGE WE HAVE ASKED IF THERE ARE ANY OTHER SITES THAT COULD BE USED TO HOUSE WE HAVE ABOUT 260 STUDENTS WHO HAVE FREE CHILD CARE THROUGH MULTIPLE PARTNERS THROUGH OUR TITLE I IDENTIFICATION PROCESS.

LUCKILY WITH THE GREAT WORK OF OUR FACILITIES AND OPERATIONS, WE'RE ABLE TO KEEP THEM ON SITE.

WE HAVE THOSE ON SITE BUT AS WAS SAID AT SOME POINT WE GET TO WHERE WE TIP THE

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SCALES AND WE CAN'T HAVE ALL THOSE CHILDREN EVEN THROUGH THE RECOMMEND CENTERS.

WE ALSO HAVE A COUPLE HUNDRED OTHER STUDENTS.

THOSE THAT ARE USING OUR FACILITIES SO IT'S A BALANCE GAME OF TRYING TO FIT THOSE CHILDREN IN AND FOLLOWING ALL THE GUIDELINES AND SO THAT'S WHY WE WITH SAID TO THE CITY THE REPRESENTS THAT DR. HART AND I REACHED OUT TO WITH WHAT DO YOU GOT? DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING AVAILABLE? AND UNFORTUNATELY THEY RESPONDED THERE'S NOTHING AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME THROUGH THE CITY SPACES THAT WE COULD DO THIS JUST TO LET YOU KNOW THAT'S THE RESULT THAT WE'VE GOTTEN.

>> SO THIS IS BACK TO US THEN.

WE DON'T HAVE ANYTHING IS NOT A GOOD ANSWER FROM US EITHER.

LIKE, WE GOT TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN.

SO AGAIN I DON'T WANT TO BE IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS.

I DON'T THINK WE SHOULD BE IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS.

>> I JUST ASKED ACPS AT THIS POINT THEY HAVE A REQUEST FOR SPACE IT COMES TO ME.

>> OKAY.

>> SO WE CAN FRAME IT RIGHT AND MAKE STAFF CLEAR OF WHAT'S POSSIBLE THAN OUR TRADEOFFS THAT WE MAY HAVE TO MAKE AS WE GO THROUGH SPACE.

THE ANSWER MAY BE WE CAN'T AND HERE HERE ARE THE REASONS WHY.

BUT WITHOUT A FORMAL PROCESS, I THINK WE'RE ALL GOING TO BE LACKING THE INFORMATION UNDERSTANDING WHY WE ARE WHERE WE ARE.

>> I'LL BE SURE TO SEND IT DIRECTLY SO HE CAN SEE THAT INFORMATION BUT WE HAVE ALL OF THAT OF WHAT WE NEED.

>> AND JUST TO ADD TO THE OTHER PIECE OF THIS, SORRY ABOUT THAT, JUST TO ADD TO THE THIRD PIECE OF THIS, HOW IS THIS COMMUNICATION HAPPENING WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR? WHO IS RUNNING THAT? ANYBODY? HELLO?

>> WE HEARD YOUR QUESTION SO WHO IS THE APPROPRIATE PERSON TO RESPOND TO THAT.

>> MR. TAYLOR, I DIDN'T HEAR WHAT YOU SAID >> I'M SORRY.

SO I KNOW THERE WAS MENTION ABOUT ACPS REACHING OUT TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR AS WELL IN TERMS OF ANOTHER OPTION.

HOW IS THAT CONVERSATION GOING? WHO'S LEADING THAT? WHAT'S THE TIMEFRAME ON THAT AS WELL?

>> YES.

SO THAT'S ALL WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS GROUPS SO THAT IS CONSISTING OF CITY, SCHOOLS, AND COMMUNITY WORKING WITH THAT.

THAT'S A TEAM.

THEY MEET EVERY FRIDAY.

DON'T QUOTE ME ON A DATE.

BUT THAT WILL COME OUT OF CAN I RECOLLECT HUFFMAN'S TEAM.

HE'S KIND OF FACILITATING THAT DISCUSSION.

>> SO CAN KURT GIVE US AN UPDATE OF HOW THAT IS GOING WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR I GUESS UNRELATED TO THE CITY? THOSE CONVERSATIONS WORKING THROUGH ADP OR BROKER.

>> YES.

CORRECT.

DR. HART AND I HAVE REACHED OUT TO THE CHAMBER AND SEE WHAT'S OUT THERE.

CORRECT? I DON'T HAVE THE CONTACT IN FRONT OF ME.

>> ACCURATE.

>>> DR. HART AND ERICA GLIBBING IS ON HERE TO -- GLICK IS GOING TO PROVIDE US WITH AN UPDATE WITH REGARD TO THE HIGH SCHOOL PROJECT.

GULICK.

JUST A COUPLE OF UPDATES.

THE FIRST BEING LAST WEEK -- LAST WE SPOKE WITH YOU WE INDICATED THE SCHOOL BOARD WAS ABOUT TO VOTE ON THE INCLUSION OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

THEY DID UNANIMOUSLY VOTE TO EXCLUDE AVERREDABLE HANGOUTSING FROM MINI HOWARD CITING THE NEED TO PROVIDE FLEXIBILITY AND NO KNOWING WHAT OUR MOMENT WILL LOOK LIKE IN THE FUTURE AND KNOWING LAND IS AT SUCH A PREMIUM IN CITY OF ALEXANDRIA AS THE PRIMARY REASONS FOR THAT.

SO THEN WE JUMPED INTO DEVELOPING OUR SITE SPECIFIC ED SPEC WHICH IS SCHOOL BOARD IS REVIEWING AND CONSIDERING AND IT INCLUDES SOME OF THE OTHER COMMUNITY PARTNER COLOCATED USES IN THAT DOCUMENT AS WELL.

AND THE SCHOOL BOARD IS SET TO APPROVE THAT ON MARCH 4TH.

THERE WILL BE A WORK SESSION ON MARCH 3RD AS WELL SO DISCUSS THAT IN GREATER DETAIL AND JUST LETTING YOU KNOW AS WE MOVE INTO DEVELOPING THE CONCEPTS AT A RAPID PACE THERE WILL BE A LOT OF COMMUNITY WEBINARS COMING UP AND MARCH AND APRIL AND SPECIFICALLY THE NEXT ONE WILL BE ON MARCH 8TH.

SO THAT'S PRETTY MUCH ALL I HAVE ON THE HIGH SCHOOL PROJECT.

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>> COULD BE SILLMAN CHAP -- COUNCILMAN CHAPMAN.

WITH SOME OF THE OTHER COLOCATION OPTIONS, WILL WILL BE KIND OF POSSIBLE COST OR COST RANGES INVOLVED? I HAD HEARD TALK ABOUT POSSIBLE AQUATICS USES AT MINI HOWARD AND I KNOW BECAUSE THAT WILL BE A CITY PORTION AND I'M ASSUMING WE'LL PROBABLY RUN THAT.

I'M ASSUMING THERE'S A COST ATTACHED TO THAT AND THAT MAYBE HAS THE CITY DONE SOME PROCESSING ON THAT AS WELL?

>> SO THANK YOU, COUNCILMAN CHAPMAN.

SO WE HAVE SOME EARLY COST ESTIMATES AS PART OF THE EDUCATIONAL SPECIFICATIONS SO AND SPECIFICALLY IN THE SCHOOL BOARD'S LAST PRESENTATION FROM LAST WEEK WE WENT THROUGH THOSE BIG TICKET ITEMS. WE BASICALLY EXPRESSED THAT BASED ON THE SCHOOL BOARD'S FUNDS, WE CAN'T AFFORD THE POOL OR THE UNDERGROUND PARKING BY OURSELVES AND SO THOSE ARE STRONG THINGS THAT WE WANT TO INCLUDE FOR COLLABORATION.

WE WILL NEED ADDITIONAL FUNDS AS PART OF THAT.

BUT I WOULD ALSO SAY THAT THE SPECIFIC COLOCATED DESIGNATED FOR EXAMPLE HEALTH DEPARTMENT OR DCHS USES THAT ARE CURRENTLY INCLUDE THERE HAD IS A SEPARATE LINE ITEM FOR THAT ESTIMATING THOSE COSTS AS WELL.

THOSE ARE THINGS WE ARE BING LOOKING AT NOW TO MAKE SURE THE SCHOOL BOARD MAKES AN INFORMED DECISION.

>> MR. MAYOR, MS. VICE CHAIR, ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT THE CITY COUNCIL WILL BE TALKING ABOUT THE CIP AND WE'RE LEADING OFF WITH A DISCUSSION OF DEBT SERVICE AND OUR DEBT RATIOS AND HOW MUCH THEY INCREASED.

AND BASICALLY I'LL BE TELLING COUNCIL WE HAVE THE CERTAIN RAILS.

THIS IS HOW MUCH MONEY WE'VE GOT AND WE SHOULD NOT PLAN ON SUBSTANTIALLY EXPANDING THAT.

SO I WANT TO PUT THAT WARNING LABEL ON THIS DISCUSSION BECAUSE IT'S GOING TO BE REALLY TOUGH FOR US TO PAY FOR ALREADY THE HIGH SCHOOL PROJECT AT MINNIE HOWARD AND EVERYTHING IN THE CAP LET ALONE ADD MORE TO IT.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OR FOLLOW UP WITH REGARD TO THE HIGH SCHOOL PROJECT.

>> OKAY.

THEN THE NEXT AGENDA ITEM IS THE FACILITY ASSESSMENT AND CIP PLANNING.

[ IV. b. Facility Assessment/CIP Planning]

>> GOOD AFTERNOON.

CATHERINE CARRAWAY.

WE'RE GOING TO BE UPDATING FOLKS ON WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW.

WE'LL BE PROVIDING A RECAP OF OUR NEEDS ASSESSMENT AND OUR PLANNING FRAMEWORK THAT WE'VE ALREADY DISCUSSED WITH THE COMMUNITY BURT WE'LL ALSO INTRODUCE ROAD MAP THINGS AND GIVE FOLKS AN IDEA OF WHICH DIRECTION WE'RE GOING.

WE ANTICIPATE ONE OR TWO MORE FEEDBACK OPPORTUNITIES AFTER THE MEETING AND THEN FINGERS CROSSED WE HAVE DRAFT TEXTS TO PROVIDE THE COMMUNITY BY THE END OF MARCH, SO THAT IS -- THAT'S GENERALLY THE UPDATE THAT I HAVE WITH YOU IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? ERICA, ANYTHING TO ADD? NO.

SHE MAY HAVE HOPPED OFF.

I'M HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>> COUNCILMAN CHAPMAN?

>> YES, MA'AM.

MS. CARRAWAY, IN TERMS OF THE NEEDS ASSESSMENT, WAS THERE ANY DISCUSSION OF THAT

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AREA BEHIND I THINK I MENTIONED THIS TO ONE OF THE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, THE AREA BEHIND HAMMOND?

>> YES.

YES.

YEAH.

HAD LOWER HAMMOND.

>> ALL RIGHT.

LOWER HAMMOND.

I'LL WORK ON THAT.

>> YEAH.

WE DID LOOK AT THAT SITE AND WE DO HAVE OPTIONS THAT WILL BE PRESENTING TO THE COMMUNITY.

>> OKAY.

GREAT.

GOOD TO HEAR.

>> THANK YOU.

>> OKAY.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? IN.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH.

REALLY APPRECIATE IT.

>> MOVING ALONG.

NEXT IS A BUDGET UPDATE.

>> SORRY.

I GOT ONE MORE.

>> OKAY.

ONE MORE QUESTION AND THIS MIGHT BE FOR DR. HUTCHINGS.

HOW LONG DOES -- DO YOU SEE THESE NEEDS ASSESSMENTS BEING GOOD FOR? I KNOW WE'VE -- I KNOW SCHOOL BOARD IS FAR BACK IN THE PAST BUT AS WE DO THESE NEEDS ASSESSMENTS HOW LONG DO YOU THINK THOSE ARE GOOD FOR?

>>> THE OLD BOARD APPROVED THE BUDGET WITH A COUPLE OF ADJUSTMENTS FOR THE SUPERINTENDENT THAT ACKNOWLEDGED IT, THAT ACKNOWLEDGED AN ADDITIONAL $2.1 BILLION OF STATE REVENUE OF WHICH WE INCLUDE IN OUR ADJUSTMENTS TO ADD A SINGLE BUYER.

AN INCENTIVE BONUS FOR THOSE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE THAT AS WELL AS ADDITIONAL FUNDING THAT WE WERE ASKING TO SUPPORT SOME MRAS FOR EMPLOYEE GROUPS THAT WERE

[ IV. c. Budget Update]

HIGHLIGHTED IN THE SECOND PHASE OF OUR COMPENSATION STUDY.

AGAIN, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE CITY FOR FULLY SUPPORTING THE BUDGET AND THE CITY PRIGS AND FOR NEXT STEPS WE'RE LOOKING AT AND EVALUATING A COUPLE OF STATE BUDGET AMENDMENTS WHICH COULD BE THIS IN OUR FAVOR AS WELL.

THERE'S A HOUSE BILL THAT IS PROPOSED TO INCREASE SCHOOL SALARIES BY 5% OR TONE SURE THAT OUR SALARIES ARE INCREASED BY 5% AND THERE' A SENATE BUDGET ADJUSTMENT THAT IS LOOKING FOR A 3% ADJUSTMENTED.

IF IT'S A SENATE BILL WE FEEL LIKE THE INCLUSION OF OUR STEP INCREASE AND THE 1%

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BONUS WE WILL IN FACT MEET THE SENATE BILL REQUIREMENT FOR A 3% SALARY INCREASE FOR SCHOOL EMPLOYEES IF IT'S THE HOUSE BUDGET AMENDMENT AND WE'RE HOPING THAT SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN THAT, THERE COULD POTENTIALLY BE ADDITIONAL STATE REVENUE TO HELP US WITH THAT AND LIKEWISE THAT COULD POTENTIALLY BE AN ADDITIONAL ASK OF THE CITY BUT WE'RE EVALUATING THOS ADJUSTMENTS OR THOSE AMENDMENTS THAT ARE BEING SET FORWARD AND HOPEFULLY AND WE'LL KNOW SOON WHERE THE STATE PLANS TO LAND IN TERMS OF THE ADDITIONAL FUNDING THAT THE STATE IS GOING TO OFFER UP FOR A SCHOOL EMPLOYEE INCREASES.

NEXT PHASE THERE IS A JOINT WORK SESSION THAT WE PLAN TO DISCUSS FURTHER ON OUR BUDGET DEVELOPMENTS ON NEXT THURSDAY MARCH 4TH.

SO HOPEFULLY BY THEN WE WILL HAVE MORE INFORMATION TO COME.

ANDLY OPEN IT UP FOR DISCUSSION OR QUESTIONS.

>> HOW WE WANT TO PRIORITIZE THAT.

I'M SURE WE'LL HAVE -- IN THE PENDING LEGISLATION AND IT SEEMS TO ME THAT WE SHOULD FIGURE OUT HOW WE WORK PRETTY CLOSELY TOGETHER ABOUT HOW WE'RE ALLOCATING THOSE FUND AS ON BOTH SIDES AND HAVE SOME REAL COORDINATION BECAUSE I THINK THERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY TO COORDINATE HOW WE EXPEND THOSE FUNDS IN A WAY THAT COULD BE EVEN MORE BENEFICIAL THAN US.

SO MAYBE THIS IS A CONVERSATION FOR THE NEXT AGENDA NEXT MONTH.

PARTICULARLY THEN WE PROBABLY KNOW IF EXACT NUMBERS BUT I THINK IT WOULD BE USEFUL FOR US TO ALL BE ON THE SAME PAGE.

YOU KNOW.

AS WELL AS THE FACT, YOU KNOW, WE PROVIDED DURING THE LAST PHASE SOME OF OUR CARES ACT MONEY FOR YOUR GUYS OBVIOUSLY A VERY LIMITED AMOUNT AND I THINK WE'LL HAVE, YOU KNOW, SIMILAR OPPORTUNITIES ON BOTH SIDES TO WORK TOGETHER AND HELP SUPPORT THE IMPORTANT INVESTMENTS THAT WE NEED TO MAKE IN THIS ENVIRONMENT.

I THINK THIS IS JUST AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO ALL DOORED NATE AS WE GO FORWARD.

>> ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OR THOUGHTS? OKAY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT.

I WANT TO ECHO GRATITUDE JUST ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD.

[00:55:02]

WE COULD NOT BE MORE FORTUNATE TO HAVE SUCH A STRONG PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CITY AND HOW SUPPORTED -- THIS HAS BEEN EXCEPTIONALLY CHALLENGING FISCAL YEAR IN TERMS OF REVENUE THAT WAS COMING IN AND JUST HOW HAR THIS AREA GOT HIT AND SO TO HAVE MR. JENCKS YOU AND YOUR TEAM'S SUPPORT AS WELL AS THE MAYOR'S, IT'S PHENOMENAL TO HAVE THAT SUPPORT IN TERMS OF EDUCATION AND PARTICULARLY

[ IV. d. Amazon/VA Tech Update]

A TOUGH ENVIRONMENT.

>> APPRECIATE THAT VERY MUCH.

IT WAS A TOUGH YEAR WITH GOOD, HARD WORK.

OF A LOT OF FOLKS.

WE'RE EXCEPTIONALLY LUCKY TO HAVE YOUR LEADERSHIP OVER SEEING ALL OF THAT AND YOUR TEAM FOCUSED ON IT AS WELL AS I KNOW THE MAYOR AND COUNCILMAN CHAPMAN AND YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE ALSO EXCEPTIONALLY -- OUR NEXT STEPS ARE TO GET TOGETHER A FRUP OF LEADERSHIP FROM VIRGINIA TECH, VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY, AMAZON, NORTHERN VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE.

A GROUP OF LEADERS TO TALK THROUGH JUST -- >> AND WE'RE GOING TO TALK DEBILITY JUST IN GENERAL ABOUT THIS ECOSYSTEM, THIS PIPELINE OF STARTING THE PROGRESSION THROUGH THE GRADE LEVELS AND LOOKING A WHERE THEY BELIEVED THAT THEY CAN PROVIDE SUPPORT AND COLLABORATION WITH OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM.

WE'LL GO FROM THERE IN TERMS OF THE TIMELINE THROUGH THE REST OF THE SCHOOL YEAR IN TERMS OF HOW TO FORMULATE A PLAN THAT CAN ADDRESS SOME OF THE NEEDS THAT WE'RE IDENTIFYING FOR THAT STEM PIPELINE AND THAT PROGRESSIONNA STEM PROGRESSION THROUGHOUT THE GRADE LEVELS.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. HUFFMAN.

MAYOR WILSON, DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION? IT LOOKED LIKE YOU WERE PREPARING TO ASK IT.

NO, YOU'RE GOOD?

>> NO, NOT ON THAT.

>> OKAY.

COUNCILMAN CHAPMAN.

>> I THINK I HAVE A NOT REALLY A QUESTION OF KURT BUT SOMETHING DR. HUTCHINGS MIGHT WANT TO CONSIDER AS WELL AS AND KURT TOO AS PART OF THIS IS SOMETHING THAT'S BUBBLING UP AT THE REGIONAL LEVEL.

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT A NUMBER OF US HAVE NOT SEEN WITH SOME OF THE STEM ACTIVITY AND ENERGY THAT'S HAPPENING IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA IS ANY REAL ACTION OR PARTNERSHIP OR COLLABORATION WITH ANY OF THE LOCAL OR REGIONAL HBCUS, SO SEEING HOW WE CAN GET ONE OR SOME OF THEM AT THE TABLE AS WELL THERE'S A NUMBER OF ELECTED OFFICIALS THAT ARE GOING TO PROBABLY PUT TOGETHER A SMALL TASK FORCE AND APPROACH THE GOVERNOR ABOUT TRYING TO GET SOME RESOURCES TO GET SOME OF THESE HPCUS INVOLVED IN ALL OF IF ENERGY THAT WE HAVE GOING ON HERE SO I WOULD -- I WOULD -- OUTSIDE THOUGHT I'LL ADMIT.

I DON'T WANT KURT TO KIND OF SHIFT THINGS AROUND AND TRY TO DO THIS BUT IF AT ALL POSSIBLE IN THE FUTURE, THERE MAY BE A POSSIBLE AVENUE FOR AN HBCU OR SOME

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TYPE OF COLLABORATION.

JUST KIND OF PUTTING THAT THERE.

>> RIGHT FLU WE'RE FOCUSED ON OUR PIPELINE AND NOT NECESSARILY STEM.

BUT THIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY WE WANTED TO BRING THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION INTO THIS CONVERSATION BECAUSE THEY'RE RIGHT HERE IN ALEXANDRIA.

THERE NEEDS TO BE A PUSH TO HAVE MORE BLACK AND BROWN SCIENTISTS OUT HERE IN THIS WORLD AND WHY NOT USE THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS THAT HAS PREDOMINANTLY BLACK AND BROWN CHILDREN IN THIS SCHOOL WHERE VIRGINIA TECH AND AMAZON ARE LOCATED.

THEY SHOULD BE TAPPING INTO ACPS TO HAVE THAT PIPELINE THAT THEIR NEXT GENERATIONS OF SCIENTISTS AND PROFESSIONALS.

SO YOU'RE SPOT ON, MR. CHAPMAN.

>> I APPRECIATE THAT AND VERY GOOD TO HEAR THIS YOU'RE DROPING NOSE PARTNERSHIPS.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE QUESTION.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OR THOUGHTS ABOUT OR FEEDBACK FOR THE AMAZON VIRGINIA TECH PARTNERSHIP? OKAY.

THEN WE HAVE THE LAST AGENDA ITEM CALLED OTHER APPARENTLY SO THE IS THERE ANY OTHER FINAL THOUGHTS, QUESTIONS, FEEDBACK YOU WANT TO SHARE BEFORE CONCLUDING THE MEETING?

>> WHAT'S THE LATEST ON THE MCARTHUR TIMING? WILL WE BE UNDERWAY SOON?

>> THE MCARTHUR IS ON SCHEDULE.

WE SENT SOMETHING OUT TO THE COMMUNITY LAST WEEK TOO.

SO WE'RE WORKING THROUGH SOME OF THE LOGISTICS BUT THAT'S NOT HAVING AN EXACT ON THE OVERALL TIMELINE OF THE PROJECT AND WE WANT TO MAKE THAT CLEAR WITH THE COMMUNITY IN THEIR NEWSLETTER LAST WEEK I KNOW THE PRINCIPAL ALSO MET WITH THE PARENT BODY LAST FRIDAY OR WAS AT THIS TIME WEEK BEFORE? MAYBE THAT WAS TWO WEEKS AGO.

IT WAS NOT LAST FRIDAY.

IT WAS THE WEEK BEFORE THAT.

BUT WE ARE ON TARGET ON THAT.

DR. HART, I DON'T KNOW IF YOU WANT TO ADD TO THAT.

>> NO.

WE'RE SPOT ON THAT.

WE ANTICIPATE HAVING CONTRACTORS ON SITE MOBILIZED HOPEFULLY IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS ON THAT.

RIGHT NOW WE'RE DEFINITELY ON SCHEDULE.

>> OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

SO DEMOLITION SOONISH IS WHAT IT SOUTHBOUNDEDS LIKE >> YES, SIR.

>> OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

>> JOHN WILL KEEP ME UPDATED.

HE'S CLOSER TO THERE.

HE'LL LET ME KNOW.

>> I RUN BY IT EVERY DAY IF YOU BELIEVE THAT.

>> RUN? LIKE RUN OR DRIVE?

>> I DRIVE UP TO IT AND THEN RUN AROUND.

>> ALL RIGHT.

ALL RIGHT.

I'LL MEET YOU THERE IF YOU WANT TO RUN.

I'M HAPPY TOO.

>> I'M OKAY.

I'M OKAY.

>> IT'S ON TOP OF A HILL.

>> EVEN MARK IS GETTING IN ON THIS.

GEEZ.

COME ON.

>> COUNCILMAN CHAPMAN, NOW, I OWE YOU A WORKOUT.

>> GOSH.

ARE YOU JUST GOING TO BRING THAT UP IN THE MEETING, HUH? THAT WHAT WE GOING TO DO? THAT? I SEE.

VERONICA, ANYTHING TO SAY?

>> CAN WE ADD THAT TO THE AGENDA NEXT MONTH?

>> I HEART YOU, JOHN, THAT'S ALL I GOT TO SAY.

>> THANK YOU.

>> ALL RIGHT.

WITH THAT, LET'S GIVE EVERYONE BACK THEIR EVENING.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

DO I HAVE ANY -- WHO CAN WHAT IS IT -- >> MOVE WE ADJOURN.

>> THANK YOU.

>> EVERYONE, THANK YOU SO MUCH AGAIN FOR ALL THE HARD WORK AND EFT ESPECIALLY DURING SUCH A TRYING TIME.

APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, EVERYONE.

HAVE A GOOD EVENING.

* This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.