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Community can tour Arlington schools

This year's Know Your Schools event will be Nov. 15 and offer tours of Kent Prairie Elementary, Post Middle School and Arlington High School

 

November 1, 2017 | View PDF

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Weston High School students Cammy Green, left, and Zack Bailey demonstrate a catapult made with rubber band power at last year's Know Our Schools tour on Nov. 15, 2016.

Arlington Public Schools invite the public to tour the district's schools during their "Know Our Schools" event on Nov. 15.

This year's event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and begins at the Byrnes Performing Arts Center at Arlington High School at 18821 Crown Ridge Blvd., Arlington.

"This is something we've held for a number of years," said Gary Sabol, the district's director of communications.

The tours are meant to let the public get a close-up view of how the schools in the district operate.

"It gives the community an opportunity to come into our schools and see what we're doing," said Sabol.

This year Arlington Public Schools officials will be touring with community members around Kent Prairie Elementary School, Post Middle School and Arlington High School.

"We try to change it up every year by going to different schools," said Sabol.

"Know Our Schools" will begin at the Byrnes Performing Arts Center with a complimentary breakfast and some information from the district's Superintendent Chrys Sweeting and other officials.

After the breakfast, community members will be driven to the various stops for the event.

Many of the parents and other community members don't have the chance to see what's happening in the schools on a regular basis, said Sabol, and the "Know Our Schools" event is meant to provide them an opportunity to do that .

"Unless you're volunteering at the schools, you don't really have an opportunity to see the inside that much," said Sabol, but the event gives community members a time when they can come and see the teachers and students and what they're currently working on.

Community members can also interact with the school officials and teachers while on the tour.

"They can ask the principals and teachers questions about what is going on at their schools," said Sabol.

Participants can learn what is going on in each school.

Post Middle School is on this year's tour list and that campus has received a lot of attention lately.

"One thing that is unique for this year is that a new Post Middle School could possibly be on a bond issue that may end up on the February ballot," said Sabol. "So there's probably a little more interest in that school."

Community members can see Post Middle School's current building, which is one of the oldest in the district, and talk about why a replacement will likely be a priority if the district's board of directors wants to move forward with a bond measure.

Transportation between the schools if provided via school bus before returning to the Byrnes Performing Arts Center.

Sabol said that for many of the community members it will be their first time riding a school bus in many years and they can see what modern school buses are like.

Community members are encouraged to register for the event by Nov. 13 by contacting Gary Sabol at 360-618-6217 or through e-mail at gsabol@asd.wednet.edu.

 

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