September brought about not only the start of a new school year, but the start of a new school expansion for Ashlawn Elementary students and teachers.
The $14.3 million construction project is the first of five Arlington Public Schools is undertaking in an attempt to accommodate its steadily increasing student population.
School Board Chairwoman Abby Raphael said there was no need to put the shovels away at the Sept. 6 groundbreaking at Ashlawn. They'll be needed again early next year to start the construction of a new elementary school in the Williamsburg community.
Ashlawn will hold a community meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the school library to discuss of the scope of the expansion project, the construction schedule and work hours, contractor parking, delivery procedures and how to communicate with the school system during construction.