Peter Noonan, a Fairfax County schools administrator, has been named superintendent of Fairfax City’s four schools, the school board announced Thursday. The move is a homecoming of sorts for Noonan, who served as principal of Fairfax City’s Lanier Middle School from 2002-2004. “I’m really excited,” said Noonan, adding that he looks forward to “working closely with four outstanding principals in a really great community that cares about public education.”
The Fairfax County high school that asked teachers to all but banish F's from its recent report cards has been experimenting with an approach that would allow students caught cheating to retake tests instead of receiving zeros.
Fairfax County public schools might be moving toward online textbooks, beginning with a pilot program this fall. As part of the yearlong trial, social studies classes at six high schools and six middle schools will receive netbooks -- smaller, lightweight cousins of laptops -- online access to digital textbooks and other resources, such as instructional aides for teachers, said Peter Noonan, assistant superintendent for Instructional Services.