Arlington-Alexandria news in brief

March 12
Construction contract
for new school approved

At its meeting Friday, the Arlington County School Board awarded the construction contract for the county’s new elementary school to SIGAL Construction. The 98,000-square-foot facility, which will be built on the grounds of Williamsburg Middle School, will have the capacity for about 630 students.

The board also approved the final design for the addition to McKinley Elementary School, which will include 225 seats for students and provides classrooms and specialized learning spaces.

A groundbreaking celebration for the school is scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Williamsburg Middle School gymnasium, 3600 N. Harrison St., Arlington. It is scheduled to open in September 2015.

City manager to host budget presentation

Alexandria City Manager Rashad M. Young will host a presentation of his proposed fiscal 2015 budget at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. A live stream of the event will be broadcast on AlexTV (Channel 70) and online at alexandriava.gov/alextv.

The event is free and open to the public. For information on the proposed budget or to view the document in full, visit alexandriava.gov/budget.

Free taxi rides offered
on St. Patrick’s Day

As part of its ongoing effort to curb drunken driving, the Washington Regional Alcohol Program will sponsor free cab rides on St. Patrick’s Day.

The St. Patty’s Day SoberRide will be available in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Montgomery, Prince George’s and Prince William counties, as well as Alexandria and the District, from 4 p.m. Monday to 4 a.m. Tuesday. People needing to use the service can call 800-200-TAXI (8294) and get a free ride, up to what would be a $30 fare. AT&T wireless customers can also call #WRAP (9727).

For information, visit www.soberride.com.

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