Arlington school officials break ground on new elementary

Superintendent Patrick Murphy and School Board members are joined by students for a ceremonial ground-breaking ceremony for the new Arlington elementary school to be located on the Williamsburg Middle School campus. (APS photo)

Faced with teacher retirements and growing enrollment, the Arlington school system continues on the prowl for the next generation of educators.

The 24,000-student school system already has hired 225 new teachers for the 2014-15 school year, and expects to need 75 more by the time classes start Sept. 2, Superintendent Patrick Murphy told School Board members on Aug. 7.

It was the board’s last meeting before the school year begins.

Arlington school officials expect to see about 4 percent more students in classes this coming year than last year.

The summer hiring blitz is not uncommon. “We’re getting ready for kickoff – we’ll be ready to go,” Murphy said.

New teachers report for work Aug. 18.

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