New IB Admissions Policy

The Arlington School Board has approved an application and admission policy for the Washington-Lee International Baccalaureate (IB) program.

Under the policy, for the 2005-06 through 2007-08 school years, Washington-Lee High School will accept IB and non-IB transfer students from outside the Washington-Lee attendance area in grades 9-11 in numbers equal to the numbers of IB and non-IB transfer students, respectively, enrolled this year in grade 12 at Washington-Lee plus the number of transfer students who have left that class since they enrolled in ninth grade. If the number of transfer applicants exceeds the number of positions in either transfer category, a lottery will be conducted.

The board also voted to allow students transferring from an IB program outside of Arlington to be granted admission without respect to the limitations established by the policy.

The number of transfers in each category will be announced yearly.

A copy of the policy can be found at www.arlington.k12.va.us

Deputy Manager Named

Kenneth L. Chandler has been named Arlington County's new deputy county manager. He fills the position vacated when former deputy manager Joyce Wilson became city manager of El Paso.

Chandler, 39, served since 2001 as public utilities director for the city of Richmond, where he oversaw a staff of 700 and a $304 million budget. Previously, he was county administrator for Charles City County, Va. He has held senior administrative positions in the local governments of Petersburg, Hopewell and Isle of Wight County.

"We had a very strong pool of candidates, from coast to coast, which enabled us to fill the position quickly," County Manager Ron Carlee said in a news release. "What distinguishes Mr. Chandler is his combination of experience as a county administrator and as department director in a very complex city such as Richmond, and his familiarity with Virginia. His urban experience in Richmond is relevant to the diverse community that we have in Arlington."

Chandler holds a master of public administration degree from Old Dominion University, and a BA in public relations and mass communications from Atlanta's Morehouse College.

"I am pleased to join Arlington County and look forward to aiding the advancement of the vision and mission of one of the Commonwealth's premier public service organizations," Chandler said in the release.

He is a member, founder and past chairman of the Richmond Disaster Preparedness Committee, has served as chairman of the Central Virginia Waste Management Authority and is a member of the International City/County Management Association and the Virginia Local Government Association. Chandler is a member and president of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators, Central Virginia Chapter.

Chandler was born in Newport News. He and his wife, Regina, have three children, ages 6, 4 and 2. He is scheduled to begin his new position in Arlington early next month. Bus Routes Launched

Alexandria has launched a new Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) and Carlyle neighborhood DASH bus service.

The new service is an expansion of the AT 6 (brown line) and the AT 7 (purple line), which will now travel from the Van Dorn Metro Station to the King Street Metro Station via Eisenhower Avenue; and the King Street Metro Station to Eisenhower Avenue via PTO/Carlyle.

The expansion provides 15-minute service to the King Street Metro Station and the Eisenhower Metro Station during rush hours and offers easy connections to Old Town, the Landmark and Bradlee shopping centers and many other places in between. All residents traveling to the King Street Metro will be picked up at a new bus stop located across the street from Carlyle Towers on Jamieson Avenue. The bus stop for the Eisenhower Metro is located in front of Carlyle Towers South.

Carlyle Towers residents who use DASH will be given a monthly pass that will be good on DASH bus lines. The pass will be issued monthly to all residents through the Carlyle Towers management office.

The Alexandria Transit Company operates seven DASH routes throughout the city with a fleet of 60 buses.

For more information on the expanded service, visit www.dashbus.com.