fairfax county
New leader for county schools foundation

Seeking to make stronger connections with the private sector, Fairfax County Schools Superintendent Karen Garza announced that the administration’s nonprofit foundation had hired its first full-time executive director.

Michelangelo Infurnari, a three-decade veteran in nonprofit fundraising, will serve as executive director of the Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools, Garza said.

“We will be working with the Foundation board to develop a plan for engaging the business community in new and strategic ways,” Garza said in a statement. “I believe that there is tremendous untapped opportunity with our business, corporate and philanthropic communities for support of our schools system.”

At a recent school board meeting, Garza said that during Infurnari’s 30 years of experience in the field he had helped raise about $450 million. In his most recent position, Infurnari raised $4.8 million in 15 months for the WateReuse Research Foundation.

— T. Rees Shapiro

THE NATION
Is early educationa security issue?

A group of retired senior military officials says that early education is a national security concern.

“Without enough skilled men and women available to serve in tomorrow’s armed services, we endanger the future strength of our military,” says a report by Mission: Readiness, an advocacy group representing hundreds of senior retired military leaders.

The report says early education is the best way to improve the talent pool, citing a troublesome trend: 75 percent of the country’s 17-to-24-year-olds are ineligible for military service because they are poorly educated, have criminal records, or are overweight or unhealthy.

— Michael Alison Chandler

$430,000

How much D.C. public schools officials acknowledge the city owes Capital Entertainment Services for busing services provided during the past two years. The company’s buses did not show up for a long-planned student ski trip last week, stranding dozens of students amid the contract dispute.