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Supervisors approve School Board’s $3.7 million contract for new Dulles school’s land

Elementary school 31 is one step closer to construction.

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors approved a contract authorized by the county's School Board to purchase the land from William P. Tillet for Dulles North Elementary School at its Dec. 5 meeting.

The contract is to purchase the 13.47 acres east of Belmont Ridge Road and north of Waxpool Road for $3.7 million, plus an additional $50,000 for a fence to separate the property from the rest of Tillet's land.

Supervisors voted 8-0-1 to direct staff to appropriate funds from the school land acquisition project in the Capital Projects Fund to the School Board to complete the acquisition. Ron Meyer (R-Broad Run) was the only supervisor to oppose.

Meyer said his constituents who live in that area are "vocally opposed" to the location because traffic will have to go through their neighborhood, and their kids will have to move schools when there is another elementary school almost a third of a mile away.

“I also don’t believe it to be a good deal for the county. Monetarily we’re building significant improvements, millions of dollars … that will benefit a residential developer without the compensation that we should have gotten for those improvements that we will be providing. So I don’t think it’s a good deal for the county. I believe it’s a bad site, we have other sites that are available in the county that this School Board and their representatives did not pursue that they could have pursued,” Meyer said.

Supervisor Matt Letourneau (R-Dulles) said the board had discussed a number of issues that Meyer brought up, and he also had some concerns going forward about process with LCPS. However, the board saw the immediate need for a new school and recognized that Broad Run representative on the School Board, Joy Maloney, voted in favor of purchase, so Letourneau said he would support the project.

The School Board voted to approve the contract at its Nov. 28 meeting after recognizing if land was not purchased now, the school would not open on time. Like Meyer, Maloney had concerns about the site's location, but she said staff assured her LCPS would come up to solutions to resident's concerns, and she recognized the school was necessary considering enrollment growth.


Reporter Sydney Kashiwagi contributed to this report.

Comments


Sounds like a ripoff and one designed to pay off a political contributor!  They paid far less for $100 acres of land for the new technology high school south of Leesburg.  But all the bond money goes to Letourneau and Meyers districts


Cowbell:  $274,685/acre isn’t that outrageous. My own plot of residential land is assessed at 3x that amount. Which is why those who own land are selling.

As for the school, they better widen Belmont Ridge Road that last miles or two between Tillett park and Croson Lane.


What a joke LCSB, paying that amount for the land and claiming to work on solutions for resident’s concerns. That will never happen.

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