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Loudoun supervisors ratify permit for new Dulles North school

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday voted to ratify a commission permit for Dulles North Elementary School, saying time is running out to make sure the facility opens on schedule.

The school is scheduled to open in fall 2019 on 13.9 acres near the east side of Belmont Ridge Road and the north side of Waxpool Road. It will house 928 students .

Supervisors had to ratify the permit 30 days prior to awarding a construction contract to a bidder.

The 105,000-square-foot school is expected to be two-story with two overlapping sports fields.

As construction to turn Belmont Ridge Road into four lanes continues, several supervisors worried about traffic near the area that could cause congestion on an already busy thoroughfare.

Supervisor Ron Meyer (R-Broad Run) cast the lone dissenting vote, saying the site “wasn’t the best deal.”

“It’s one of those things that is it a smart idea to put elementary school kids near a four-lane road?” Meyer said. “… If we say no to this, we have overcrowded schools. We really need to be working in conjunction with the School Board to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

Loudoun County Public Schools Land Management Supervisor Sara Howard-O’Brien said she visited 33 sites in the Dulles North area to try and find an adequate location for the new school.

Supervisors will continue discussions on the school site at their Feb. 8 meeting, when traffic issues are expected to be addressed in more detail. The school would be accessible from Waxpool Road.

Supervisor Matt Letourneau (R-Dulles) said the site is in high in demand in terms of property value and he believed it to be safe for students.

“I do not for a minute believe there is a safety risk for the site, otherwise I wouldn’t approve it,” Letourneau said.


Eastern Loudoun is quickly running out of land to build schools to keep up with overcrowding due to developers building more houses then originally planned.

So the suite is in high demand for property value, that’s the justification for putting a school on the site?  Also, I’m at a lost as to why an elementary school needs TWO sports fields. 

Between the construction which will clearly disrupt learning, and the number of vehicles in the area, I think this is a horrible site for the school, considering there are 33 other sites.

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