The Arlington Public Schools' Commission to Study Secondary Schools will hold three public meetings this month to receive parent, student and citizen opinions on the strengths and weaknesses of the current secondary school program in Arlington, and to receive ideas for the future.

The meetings will be held at Washington-Lee High School on Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m.; at Yorktown High School on Oct. 26 at 8:30 p.m., and at Wakefield High School on Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Each session will begin with a brief update by representatives of the commission on their work to date. The remainder of the meeting will be reserved for citizen comment.

"Since major change to the school system will have at least an indirect effect on all who live and work in the county, we hope that these public meetings will elicit a cross section of views not only from citizens with school age children, but from other groups -- business, civic, social, educational and others with a stake in Arlington's future," said Commission Chairman Donn Marston.

The 28-member commission was appointed by the School Board in April to study Arlington's secondary school program in light of the effects of declining enrollment on the academic program, extracurricular activities, staffing and other concerns.

The commission also welcomes written comments, which may be sent to: Commission to Study Secondary Schools, Arlington Education Center, 1426 N. Quincy St., Arlington, Va. 22207.