The Fairfax County School Board opened its new, $208,399 meeting room last week with a rendition of "The Old Woman and the Pig" and approval of the largest school budget in country history.
"The Old Woman and the Pig" was performed by a dozen second graders from Sunrise Valley Elementary School.
The $395 million school budget was approved unanimously by the board after a month of haggling over expenditures proposed by Superintendent Linton Deck.
The board agreed to divert $2 million from several of Deck's pet projects, including a plan to hire more administrators, and opted to use that money to reduce class sizes in grades four through six, from 28 students per teacher to 27.
The school board also approved plans for an Executive High School Internship Program to begin next year. It would give outstanding high school seniors time off during the school day to learn management skills by working with local business executives. Board members appeared skeptical last month when the plan was introduced, but they voted unanimously to approve it last week.
The board is now in its permanent meeting place at Luther Jackson Intermediate School. The cost of renovating the meeting room has drawn criticism from some quarters, but the subject was treated with humor during the first meeting at Luther Jackson. The school PTA presented the board with a bouquet of flowers and a card that read: "You have brought us a touch of elegance and notoriety which we will enjoy . . . .