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School Board begins boundary adjustment process for Goshen Post Elementary in Dulles

With the opening of a new school comes the shifting of boundaries. Someone has to move, but for parents and students affected, it is always a bitter pill to swallow.

Loudoun County Public School staff has presented two plans for boundary adjustments for Goshen Post Elementary School set to open next fall in Dulles South. On Oct. 23, parents had their first opportunity to voice concerns to the School Board.

Both plans, which are available for viewing online, would shift students all around the Dulles South planning zone. However, staff said they did their best to provide some stability as a new elementary school, ES-29, is expected to open in Dulles South fall 2023.

Staff’s stated goals in the two plans is to relieve existing and projected overcrowding in Dulles South area elementary schools, accommodate elementary student enrollment growth and balance student needs throughout the area to the greatest extent possible.

In addition to the opening of Goshen Post next fall, Arcola, Liberty and Pinebrook Elementary Schools will open with a three-classroom addition which will also relieve overcrowding.

Parents’ main concerns surrounded the number of school boundary changes in recent years. Mary Ann Rutler, whose kids attend Hutchison Farm Elementary, said her two children have had to switch schools twice without the family having moved.

Lindsey Swartz, whose son has a rare kidney disease, said the Hutchison Farm staff have been amazing at handling the son's condition. She said some families have been rezoned two to three times in the past 10 years.

“To be moved to another school would be devastating to us” Swartz said. “The school is part of our community and all of the families you see here agree.”

Ashley Flick, also of the Hutchison Farm community, questioned the driving factor behind reassigning certain neighborhoods as it seems a handful of students are moving from school to school.

“It seems like comparable switches,” Flick said.

LCPS is offering two more public hearings on Nov. 6 and Dec. 5 in between work sessions before the board’s adoption of the attendance zones on Dec. 12.

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I’m sure everyone will be happy with the ultimate outcome.

/sarc

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