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F.C. Schools, City Council Clash Over LEED Status of New Mt. Daniel

A TOUR OF the West End Park by members of the F.C. City Council and others tonight included a look at progress on the skate board park that will be part of the West End Park development. (Photo: News-Press)
A TOUR OF the West End Park by members of the F.C. City Council and others tonight included a look at progress on the skate board park that will be part of the West End Park development. (Photo: News-Press)

At Monday night’s Falls Church City Council work session, F.C. School Superintendent Dr. Toni Jones was invited to speak to why she considers it too late in the construction and renovation of the Mt. Daniel Elementary School for the project to qualify as LEED Silver environmentally certified. Council member Dan Sze took strong issue with Dr. Jones, who said it was too late in the process of a very tight construction schedule aimed at having the school opened by the beginning of the school year of 2016 for it to retrofit a LEED Silver certification. The discussion, which became heated at points when Sze pressed on the matter, as an expert in the LEED certification process, and Dr. Jones stressed the priority of having the renovation and expansion completed in a timely matter for students.

The issue was resolved by a suggestion from Vice Mayor David Snyder that Sze meet directly with the project managers to see what could be worked out, or not.

Earlier Monday, the City Council and members of the City’s Advisory Board on Recreation and Parks, the City’s Rec Department staff and others toured three of the 13 parks in the City, the West End Park, Berman Park and the Big Chimneys Park, for a sensuous update on the work to improve all the parks. Later Monday night, the Council went into a closed session to discuss the disposition of its property on Park Place in the City.

 

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