School Board votes to speed up HS-6 construction
The School Board voted unanimously Tuesday night to accelerate the process to build HS-6 at Loudoun Valley Estates II in Ashburn, which could potentially allow the school to open for the 2014 school year.
The motion asks the Board of Supervisors and county government to expedite all processes in the school’s construction possible so it can open by 2014.
School Board member Kevin Kuesters (Broad Run) originally suggested moving up the school from its 2015 open date in Capital Improvement Program hearings last week.
School Board member Jeff Morse (Dulles) talked to Dulles’s Supervisor, Matt Letourneau, and both of them believed it to be a necessity.
Briar Woods High School, which would have some of its student body move into HS-6, has 1,998 students attending, 143 students over the school’s capacity with trailers.
By 2014, 2,510 are projected to attend Briar Woods, 512 over capacity.
“The discussion of dispersing students to Champe or to Heritage and then bringing them back the following year, it becomes a very difficult equation,” Morse said. “It just does not make sense to leave the school where it is and allow the population to continue to grow beyond all the trailers that are there right now.”
He also said he wanted to get students out of trailers in Briar Woods.
He said students told him that the first class of the day had to be held inside the school because the trailers couldn’t be warmed up in time.
“I’d like to give all students opportunities to be in classrooms that don’t freeze overnight,” Morse said.
School Board Chairman Eric Hornberger (Ashburn) said a temporary solution, which he is opposed to, might be needed if the school was not accelerated.
Bill Fox (Leesburg) said he also wanted to keep students out of temporary classrooms.
“Portable classrooms are kind of like portable restrooms,” Fox said. “They’re good in a pinch but you want to avoid them if you can.”
The Board of Supervisors approved $90,240,000 for the school’s construction in July, according to the motion.