Oct. 5 Board of Supervisors Meeting Features 7 Presentations

Oct. 2, 2009

News Highlights  

  • Nysmith School for the Gifted Odyssey of the Mind Team; West Springfield High School forensics and debate teams; Chris Godart; Elizabeth M. Fairchild; WEST*GROUP, GreenSpur, Inc. and CharityWorks to be recognized.
  • Fire Prevention Week; Disability Employment Awareness Month to be designated.
  • A downloadable photo and synopsis of each presentation will be posted on the county's Web site following the meeting.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, at its meeting on Monday, Oct. 5, scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m., will make the following presentations to residents and county staff. For more information, call 703-324-3187, TTY 711. More information on the Oct. 5 meeting, including an agenda, can be found online.

Fire Prevention Week
The Board of Supervisors will designate Oct. 4-10, 2009, as Fire Prevention Week in Fairfax County. The National Fire Protection Association’s theme for this year, “It’s Fire Prevention Week ? Stay Fire Smart! Don’t Get Burned,” reminds residents to take precautions to remain safe from fire at all times.

Disability Employment Awareness Month
The Board of Supervisors will designate October 2009 as Disability Employment Awareness Month. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 promotes independence, empowerment and quality of life. During October, emphasis will be placed on the progress that has been made since 1990 as well as the work that needs to continue to ensure the goals of equal access and full inclusion for everyone.

Nysmith School for the Gifted
The Board of Supervisors will recognize the Odyssey of the Mind Team from Nysmith School for the Gifted for its accomplishment. The team won the Virginia state championships in Newport News, Va., and placed 10th overall in Division II at the worldwide Odyssey of the Mind competition at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, May 27-31, 2009.                                                                                                                                                        

West Springfield High School
The Board of Supervisors will recognize the West Springfield High School forensics and debate teams for winning their respective 2009 Virginia state championships. This is only the second time in the history of the Virginia High School League that both teams from the same school have won championships in the same year.          

Chris Godart
The Board of Supervisors will recognize Chris Godart for 26 years as a head coach of girls soccer in Fairfax County Public Schools and Northern Virginia. Godart has coached 400 games during his tenure, and his teams have won numerous championships, including seven district titles, five regional titles and the state title in 1990.

Elizabeth M. Fairchild
The Board of Supervisors will recognize Elizabeth Fairchild for her gift to Fairfax County of more than eight acres of property along Richmond Highway that were once part of the Historic Spring Bank estate. The estate dates back to 1809, according to the county’s inventory of historic sites. This gift will enable Fairfax County to help preserve, protect and restore Quander Brook in the Spring Bank community.

The Board of Supervisors will recognize WEST*GROUP, GreenSpur, Inc. and CharityWorks for their effort and contribution to develop GreenHouse, one of the first carbon-neutral houses in the U.S. The GreenHouse is projected to use 80 percent less energy per square foot than a comparable new home, and includes plumbing fixtures and appliances designed to reduce water consumption and collect and store rainwater to be used for outdoor landscaping. More than 95 percent of the materials from the circa 1950 home originally on site were recycled or reused in the new house.


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