Maroon and gold from the Broad Run High School community filled the School Board meeting room Dec. 3.
In support of adding much needed renovations and expansions to the 40-year-old school, students, parents and coaches from the school pleaded their respective cases to the Loudoun School Board to add the project into the fiscal 2015-2020 Capital Improvements Plan.
The Broad Run community has been dealing with deteriorating conditions over the last several years.
Broad Run teacher and Head Football Coach Matt Griffis outlined some of those concerning conditions.
“Like Loudoun County and Loudoun Valley high schools, Broad Run is showing its age,” Griffis said. “In addition to crowded hallways and lack of room in the cafeteria, there are issues of rodents, temperature control and overall dilapidation.”
Griffis also shared a story about a colleague at the school who had to replace all of her teaching supplies because there were so many mice in her closet, which had urinated all over her things.
Roger James, who is heavily involved with Broad Run's athletic boosters, spoke about the support the Broad Run community has given for other county projects. It's now their turn for the support, he said.
“All these years, our community has supported the county; voting for all the funding for schools and building new schools. It is really beyond time the county looks at Broad Run and gives back,” James said. “The school itself is far too small. We need classrooms and my daughter tells me how she eats lunch in the hallways. If it rains, her science classroom has to put a bucket on the ground to catch leaking water. It's become a safety concern.”
School Board member Kevin Kuesters (Broad Run) was glad parents and the community came out to voice their opinions.
“I am very thankful that the parents and community has come out and explained specific examples of issues that are just totally unacceptable,” Kuesters said. “I am sorry, but I have had mice in my office and it wasn't acceptable then and your talking about kids and teachers trying to teach those kids and there are health and safety issues as well as distractions.
“It is the core facilities. That needs to be clear. It needs to be clear in this project that is the primary goal and objective,” Kuesters added. “You need to have hallways the kids can get through as well as gym space and cafeteria space. This makes sense and the community is not asking for something outrageous or exorbitant.”
While the project is not currently scheduled on the CIP, the addition at Broad Run High School includes the construction of 10 classrooms to allow for the removal of the nine trailers at the school.
A new parking lot, an extension to the school’s bus loop are also a part of the project.
Athletic improvements include new walking paths, drainage improvements, ticket booth upgrades, new or renovated press boxes, a new concession stand, stadium improvements and two new synthetic turf fields.
Loudoun Valley is currently undergoing some of the same renovations.
Valley opened in 1952. Broad Run opened in 1969.