ALXnow’s top stories this week in Alexandria

The first day at school at George Mason Elementary School, August 21, 2023 (staff photo by James Cullum)

It was a busy first week back at school in Alexandria.

The biggest tasks facing Alexandria City Public Schools leadership are combating absenteeism, closing the academic achievement gap, and addressing concerns about school safety. A new report to the School Board last night indicated that most students in Alexandria’s middle and high schools feel unsafe.

Alexandria City High School also had an unpleasant surprise on Monday when a fire alarm forced students to evacuate.

Meanwhile, Jack Browand, division chief of Parks and Cultural Activities, shed some light on questions about a light pole at Hammond Middle School. Despite earlier public concerns that the pole is positioned on the track, Browand said the pole isn’t in a usable lane of the track and is where it was located in plans approved by Alexandria’s City Council.

The most-read stories this week were:

  1. Matt and Tony’s manager Mya Hall killed in Baltimore crash (17793 views)
  2. Late night robberies prompt an Alexandria convenience store to adjusts its hours (7656 views)
  3. Dollar Tree coming to former CVS in Arlandria (4824 views)
  4. Alexandria’s ‘Classic Car Show’ rolls into town next month (4304 views)
  5. Alexandria rolls out timeline for massive housing reform project (3793 views)
  6. Alexandria Police: No arrests after multiple shots fired incidents this weekend (3024 views)
  7. First day of school at Alexandria City High School briefly derailed by fire alarm (3001 views)
  8. El Salvadoran restaurant moves to Del Ray North shopping center (2993 views)
  9. Notes: Old Town museum celebrates its illicit boozy history (1618 views)
  10. Alexandria’s speedster Noah Lyles wins 100m at World Championships (1597 views)