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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 12:03 pm | Updated: 10:36 am, Mon Feb 18, 2013.

Another round of redrawing school attendance boundaries is set to begin March 7 as the county prepares for two new high schools and one new middle school.

The Loudoun County School Board adopted a meeting calendar Tuesday night for the boundary process that could impact students in five middle school and five high school communities. The new attendance boundaries will make room for Trailside Middle School, which is set to open in fall 2014 in Ashburn; HS-6, which will open in fall 2014 in Loudoun Valley Estates area; and HS-8, which is slated to open in fall 2015 in Lansdowne.

The high school communities the boundary changes could impact include Briar Woods, Broad Run, Stone Bridge, John Champe—specifically students in the Stone Hill Middle School attendance area— and Tuscarora— specifically students in the Belmont Ridge Middle School attendance area. The middle school communities the boundary changes could impact include Belmont Ridge, Eagle Ridge, Farmwell Station, Stone Hill and Mercer.

School Board member Jeff Morse (Dulles) introduced an amendment, which passed unanimously, to include Mercer Middle School among the list of schools that could be impacted by the redrawn boundaries, but only to add students.

“We’re not going to take any of the children out of Mercer, but if there’s available seats there, I think we should keep our options open,” he said.

School Board member Bill Fox (Leesburg) asked Sam Adamo, executive director of the school system’s Legislative and Planning Department, whether the three buildings’ construction is on schedule.

There was concern at one point that HS-8 would not be completed in time for the 2015-2016 school year because of challenges with the site, near the National Conference Center, and some opposition to the school from Lansdowne residents.

“At this point in time, everything is full speed ahead,” Adamo said Tuesday. “HS-6 will open fall 2014, and HS-8 will open fall 2015.”

All meetings will be held at the School Administration Building, 21000 Education Court, in Broadlands.

The full meeting schedule is as follows:

Thursday, March 7, 6:30 p.m., School Board Attendance Zone Overview/Public Hearing for Trailside Middle School, HS-6 and HS-8

Monday, March 11, 6:30 p.m., School Board Attendance Work Session for Trailside Middle School, HS-6 and HS-8

Monday, March 18, 6:30 p.m., Staff Briefing/School Board Attendance Zone Public Hearing for Trailside Middle School, HS-6 and HS-8

Wednesday, March 20, 6:30 p.m., School Board Attendance Public Hearing and Work Session for Trailside Middle School, HS-6 and HS-8

Monday, April 1, 6:30 p.m., School Board Attendance Zone Work Session for Trailside Middle School, HS-6 and HS-8

Thursday, April 4, 6:30 p.m., Staff Briefing/School Board Attendance Zone Public Hearing for Trailside Middle School, HS-6 and HS-8

Tuesday, April 9, 6:30 p.m., Information Item and Discussion of Trailside Middle School, HS-6 and HS-8 Attendance Zones

Monday, April 15, 6:30 p.m., Staff Briefing/School Board Attendance Zone Public Hearing for Trailside Middle School, HS-6 and HS-8

Tuesday, April 23, 6:30 p.m., Adoption of Trailside Middle School, HS-6 and HS-8 Attendance Zones.

Welcome to the discussion.

1 comment:

  • bavarian19 posted at 9:33 am on Thu, Feb 14, 2013.

    bavarian19 Posts: 86

    I find it ironic how our county is so quick to build new schools, but can't afford to pay its teachers their steps. All teacher increases in 'pay' in the past couple of years are just to offset increases in healthcare costs.

    If you can not afford to pay the teachers, stop building new schools.

     
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