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County schools receive nine portable classrooms from business partner

Fairfax County schools received a donation of nine portable classrooms to support schools during renovations.

Of the trailers, four will go to Forestville Elementary in Great Falls, four to Keene Mill Elementary in Springfield and one to Langley High School in McLean. The trailers will provide extra space for students while schools undergo upcoming renovations.

Bechtel Corporation donated the portable classrooms, valued at $120,000, to the county school system.

“This is a generous donation that will help save FCPS money and provide needed portable classrooms during renovation,” says Jeff Platenberg, FCPS assistant superintendent for facilities and transportation services. “We are grateful that Bechtel is continuing to support our students and schools beyond its formal business partnership with Lake Anne Elementary.”

The engineering and construction company was recently named the school system’s 2014 Business Partner of the Year for its work with Lake Anne Elementary, which sits near the company’s Reston office. At Lake Anne, Bechtel employees work one-on-one with students and donates school supplies and clothing to families, among other projects.



FCPS head of standardized testing departs for Loudoun

Terri Breeden, the assistant superintendent that oversees standardized testing and teacher professional development for Fairfax County schools, is leaving to serve as head of instruction for the Loudoun County school system.

Breeden heads the Department of Professional Learning and Accountability for FCPS, but that department is slated to see a major shakeup as part of an administrative overhaul announced last month by Superintendent Karen Garza.

With the reorganization, which will take effect July 1, Garza aims to streamline the central office to make the school district leaner and more efficient. That includes a reshuffling of departments and duties. The Department of Professional Learning and Accountability will see its responsibilities split, with student testing and assessment separating from professional practice and development.

Breeden is leaving Fairfax serve as the assistant superintendent of instruction for Loudoun schools. Breeden will be a part of Loudoun’s own leadership transition; longtime Superintendent Edgar Hatrick is retiring June 30.