Arlington School officials are hoping to use a statewide energy pilot program to get back some cash from excess power generated at Discovery Elementary School.
Legislation patroned by Del. Rip Sullivan (D-48th) in the 2018 session directs Dominion Energy to permit schools that generate more energy from on-site wind- or solar-powered sources to sell the power back to the utility. Currently, the excess power goes back to the electrical grid, but school systems are not reimbursed.
The Longfellow Middle School Science Olympiad team has been honored by the General Assembly for taking first place in the 2017 Virginia Science Olympiad.
The team “faced worthy competitors from throughout the commonwealth at the state competition, which was held at the University of Virginia, and won by an impressive 51-point margin,” notes the resolution, patroned by Del. Rip Sullivan (D-48th) and approved by both houses of the legislature.
The General Assembly has added its congratulations to the staff of The Highlander, the student newsmagazine at McLean High School, for a string of achievements during 2017.
The student publication garnered both the Pacemaker award from the National Scholastic Press Association and a Gold Crown from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association during the year, and received honors in two categories of the National Scholastic Press Association’s Story of the Year contest.
Members of the General Assembly took time during their 2018 legislative session to memorialize the life and legacy of Irving Comer, the first African-American sworn officer of the Arlington County Police Department.
Comer, a native of Richmond, died last November.
Comer had served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1963-67 and joined the ranks of the county’s police department in 1967 as a communications specialist. After just three months on the job, he was offered a post as a sworn officer.
The House of Delegates took time before departing Richmond for the year to honor one of its former members.
Bob Brink, who represented the 48th District – including parts of Arlington and McLean – from 1998 until 2014 was saluted for his personal integrity and service as a “respected professional with experience in all levels of government.”
The measure was patroned by Del. Rip Sullivan (D-48th) and cosponsored by the other 99 members of the lower house of the legislature.
The McLean High School Highlander Marching Band has been honored by the General Assembly for winning USBands Virginia State Championship last October.
The McLean band program – “Not All Heroes Wear Capes” – beat out a field of 16 schools from across the commonwealth.
The band program, with almost 200 members, also won awards for best music, best general effect and best visual.
The highly touted Longfellow Middle School Rubik’s Cube team has received an “attaboy” from the Virginia General Assembly.
Legislators approved a resolution saluting the team, which is ranked tops in its age category in national competition, noting that team members recently were able to solve 25 puzzles in 96 seconds in the D.C. Metro Rubik’s Cube Challenge.
The General Assembly left town Saturday without a budget, but it will be back soon, Gov. Ralph Northam promised.
Unable to agree even on a resolution to ask the governor to convene a special session — much less whether to expand Virginia’s Medicaid program — the House of Delegates and Senate left it to the governor to set the date and terms for their return to finish work on budgets for the current fiscal year and upcoming biennium.
“I haven’t decided a specific date,” Northam said, “but it will be sooner than later.
The Virginia General Assembly agreed Saturday to give Metro $154 million a year in permanent, new funding, on the condition that Maryland and the District make somewhat larger contributions to provide the transit system with a total of up to $500 million more annually.
The action in Richmond marked what appeared to be a historic step in securing for Metro a significant source of dedicated revenue that it has lacked since the subway opened in 1976.
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