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Third school boundary plan proposed

After two weeks of already spirited debate, the Loudoun County School Board has proposed another plan for redrawing school boundaries in Ashburn and Dulles North.

School Board member Bill Fox (Leesburg) presented his recommendation, dubbed School Board Plan 2, at the School Board Work Session March 20 in Ashburn.

At first glance, Fox's plan is largely geographic in nature, but ultimately aims to keep students together from elementary school to high school. Under Fox's plan, each zone is divided to include one high school, one middle school and three elementary schools.

“My main goal was to avoid split feeds,” Fox said. “I wanted to see a true straight feed. It essentially eliminates split feeds.”

As opposed to to School Board Plan 1 and Base Plan, all of Belmont Country Club stays in the same school cluster to attend Trailside Middle School (opening Fall 2014 in Ashburn) and Stone Bridge High School. However, some larger homeowner's associations, specifically Ashburn Farm, Ashburn Village and Brambleton, are split.

Other major revisions in Plan 2 from Plan 1 and Base Plan include sending all Dulles North students to Stone Hill and HS-6 (opening Fall 2014 in Loudoun Valley Estates) as opposed to Mercer and John Champe and expanding Broad Run's population to include DNs 20, 21, 22 and 23. Belmont Ridge and HS-8 (opening Fall 2015 in Lansdowne) is expanded to include all of the DN5 areas and Briar Woods and Eagle Ridge will encapsulate the DN46 zones.

Fox has admitted that at this juncture, some of the school population numbers don't quite work out under his plan.

Fox's plan is the third one presented during the rezoning process. The first plan, drafted by the Loudoun County Staff and Legislative Committee, was presented March 11 while the second, School Board Chairman Eric Hornberger's Plan 1, was presented March 17.

Fox said the staff plan focused more on walk-zones, Hornberger's plan focused more on HOAs and his own plan focuses more on feeds.

“My guess is the final plan will be a combination of all three factors, as well as creating boundaries that are stable,” Fox said.

The final attendance map, which will likely affect students in five high schools and five middle schools, is expected to be adopted April 23.

The next public hearing for the re-zoning will be held April 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Loudoun County Public Schools Administrative Building in Ashburn.

School Board Plan 2
Stone Bridge HS: Trailside MS: Belmont Station ES, Newton-Lee ES, Sanders Corner ES
Broad Run HS: Farmwell Station MS: Discovery ES, Dominion Trail ES, Cedar Lane ES
Briar Woods HS: Eagle Ridge MS, Mill Run ES, Moorefield Station ES, Hillside ES
HS-8: Belmont Station MS: Steuart W. Weller ES, Seldens Landing ES, Ashburn ES
HS-6: Stone Hill MS: Rosa Lee Carter ES, Creighton's Corner ES, Legacy ES


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