Loudoun School Board votes to implement intermediate school to ease overcrowding in Dulles
The large rezoning moves hundreds of Dulles students ahead of the opening of two new schools. A new Dulles middle school (MS-7) is slated to open in 2018 and a new Dulles high school (HS-9) is set to open in 2020 or 2021.
MS-7 will serve as an intermediate school for students in grades eight and nine. Students in grades six and seven will attend Mercer Middle School and students in grades 10-12 will go to John Champe High School.
The School Board’s plan is to use the intermediate school for two or three years, depending on whether the Board of Supervisors approves accelerating construction of HS-9.
Plan 8, the attendance zone the board voted to adopt, will not move students living south of Route 50 to schools north of the busy road, which earlier plans had proposed. A large group of parents spoke at public hearings about the logistical and safety challenges of crossing Route 50 during heavy traffic times.
Jeff Morse (Dulles), who proposed Plan 8, said he wrote it with a strategy in mind that would make the best use of the facilities available to get through a period with unusually high enrollment projections.
“We pay the piper up front with overcrowding because we know what’s coming down the road,” said Morse. “The footprint of Stone Hill and Rock Ridge has over 6,000 unbuilt units—they’re coming and we don’t know how fast they’re coming.”
The board voted 8-1 in favor of Plan 8, with Joy Maloney (Broad Run) opposing.
Maloney said she opposed the plan because it makes enrollment higher at Eagle Ridge Middle School and Broad Run High School, two schools she represents.
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