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.