Next MCA Board Meeting:
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 7:30 PM
McLean Community Center
MCA Winter Newsletter is now available online
Click here to read our newsletter, covering MCA activities from December 2014 to February 2015.
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Meetings are held McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Avenue unless otherwise indicated.
Upcoming MCA-Sponsored Events:
MCA Calls for Nominations for the MCA Teen Character Award by April 17, 2015
Stay tuned for further details on this website!
Please come and bring your friends and neighbors.
MCA annually honors local teens who have demonstrated exceptionally ethical and compassionate character with its Teen Character award at McLean Day, this year scheduled for May 16. All students from age 13-19 who reside in the MCA membership area and have not previously received the award or been honored for the cited activities are eligible. For further information, rules, and nomination forms, click here.
April 29, 2015 7:30 PM: County Proposal to Change Noise Ordinance: County staff has proposed increasing the permitted noise level for activities on school and recreational grounds and in mixed-use communities. Come learn what has been proposed and how it would affect you. For further information, click here
May 27, 2015, 7:30 PM: MCA Annual Membership Meeting. Following the election of the MCA Board of Directors and McLean Community Foundation trustees, the McLean Community Center's leadership will share with us, information on the plans for renovation of the MCC and programming for the next fiscal year.
Other MCA Activities:
MCA Is on Top of Your Noise Concerns. Many local residents and HOAs have asked what can be done to reduce the noise when the overhead metro trains come around the curve onto Route 123 from the Dulles Access Road. Others have reached out to us about the increased noise from aircraft flying over our area, particularly on ascents from and descents into Reagan National Airport. And still others have voiced concern and opposition to County staff plans to modify the noise ordnance to increase the noise level allowed on high school grounds from 55db to 72 db for cumulative noise. The proposed amendments to the noise ordnance would permit noise from loudspeakers, construction noise etc from 7 am (8 on Sundays) to 11 pm (10 on Sundays) seven days a week. Our Transportation Committee is addressing the concerns about metro and aircraft noise, while our Planning and Zoning Committee and our Environment, Parks and Recreation Committee are focusing on the problems with the County staff's proposal to exponentially increase the permitted noise level on high school grounds. If these issues matter to you, please contact the relevant committee chairs.
MCA Urges FCPS to Address Large Class Sizes
At its March 4 Board of Directors meeting, MCA overwhelmingly endorsed a resolution calling on the Fairfax County School Board and public school system to take steps to reduce the wide disparity in elementary school general education class sizes in the County and ensure that no child in the County's general education classes is in a class of 30-35 students. To read the resolution, click here.
MCA Calls for Changes to School Board Audit Committee
January 7 Board meeting, the MCA Board of Directors passed a resolution on financial and program audits of the school system. The resolution commended the School Board for the steps that it had taken to increase its independent capability to audit school system financial and programmatic activities, including the creation of an Auditor General position. It also urged the School Board to: (1) increase the independence of its Audit Committee by adding two community members and removing school system personnel from the Audit Committee; (2) adopt audit plans that allocate substantial time and resources to four specific steps designed to improve the scope, quality and transparency of program evaluations and performance audits. To view the resolution, click here.
MCA Celebrates Its Centennial
About 145 MCA members, friends, and dignitaries celebrated MCA's 100 years of civic leadership in McLean at a reception on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at the McLean Community Center. The Virginia General Assembly, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Governing Board of the McLean Community Center, and Virginia Senator Warner paid tribute to MCA in resolutions and letters that were read at the celebration. Additionally, thirteen of MCA's past Presidents were honored by MCA, as were elected officials who represent the greater McLean area at the local and state levels and some of MCA's local partner organizations. Guests received a 57-page booklet of MCA's history, compiled by MCA members Merrily Pierce and Paul Kohlenberger. Copies of the history booklet may be purchased for $5 plus shipping and handling ($1.50 additional) by contacting MCA President Sally Horn at email@example.com. To view event pictures, click here.
IT IS TIME TO JOIN/RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP IN MCA: MCA's membership year runs from 1 January to 31 December. Membership continues to be just $15.00 per person. Please consider joining or renewing your membership to ensure that your voice is heard on these and other important issues facing McLean area residents. To learn more about MCA benefits and for a membership application, please click here.