Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Brambleton appears to be primary community that will be split between high schools; most kept whole.
The Loudoun County School Board voted 7-2 Tuesday night to adopt a slightly altered version of one of several boundary maps under consideration for Ashburn and Dulles North. The final plan kept most communities together at one high school, with the exception of Brambleton, which will be divided at Ryan Road. School board members said the plan moved the fewest students of the plans under consideration. Brambleton students living north of Ryan Road will continue to attend Briar Woods along with students from Broadlands, while those south of Ryan Road will attend the as-yet-unnamed high school planned in Loudoun Valley Estates. The board did not decide whether to permit a grandfathering clause for current students. Board members Jill Turgeon…
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The process to determine enrollment boundaries for three new schools impacting Ashburn and Leesburg continues to divide as eight plans remain in contention.
Two more proposals for redrawing school boundaries in the Ashburn and Dulles North area were added to the Loudoun County Public Schools web page about the boundary process Monday as the Loudoun School Board prepared for the evening’s public hearing.That brings to the total to eight maps that have associated rationales attached to them. With more than 200 speakers signed up, comments were limited to one minute for residents to express their feelings about an issue that will impact them for years to come. The new maps are included with this article. All maps can be viewed on the LCPS website. The board is scheduled to vote on the plan April 23. A recent meeting about the proposed boundaries proved divisive as communities called on the school…
Thursday, July 19, 2012
After joint hearing with the board of supervisors, commissioners now have task of addressing concerns raised by Lansdowne residents.
The Loudoun Planning Commission voted Wednesday night to continue studying a series of land use applications related to a high school proposed in Lansdowne and intended to primarily relieve Broad Run and Stone Bridge high schools. Just more than a dozen speakers, through their comments, showed the range of feelings Lansdowne residents have about plans to build HS-8 next to Belmont Ridge Middle School and the National Conference Center. The comments came during a joint Loudoun Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission public hearing. Traffic and safety were the top concerns raised during Wednesday’s public hearing about a series of land use applications related to the proposal. Supporters said they liked the idea of a school within the …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
On Wednesday, the Loudoun Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors have planned a joint meeting about required approvals.
A series of land use applications required to move forward with a high school next Belmont Ridge Middle School in Lansdowne heads to a joint public hearing at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the middle school. The school, called HS-8 on the county’s Capital Improvement Plan, would occupy land consolidated around property the county purchased from the National Conference Center. Constructing the high school will mean removing the existing community park and rearranging the Belmont Ridge Middle site. See the maps at right for detailed views of the site plans. Two entrances are currently planned: the main one from Upper Belmont Place Road, which is an extension of the north end of Belmont Ridge Road; and the other off Kipheart Drive. The proposed site, …
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
No action required to complete $20 million sale for one of Ashburn next two high schools is set.
The Loudoun Board of Supervisors listened to opponents of plans to purchase a portion of the National Conference Center property in Lansdowne and then made clear that the deal is as good as done. Offering a synopsis of the search for the site and announcing that the price was $6 million less than—albeit a smaller piece of property—some board members took a few moments to explain their position. Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) said opponents need to see the “big picture,” not just the cost of the land, calling the purchase a “bargain to the people of Loudoun County” compared to alternatives. Supervisor Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn), whose district includes Lansdowne and the National Conference Center, explained that the purchase does not…
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
A Lansdowne resident makes her case for building a new high school in her community.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Dear Editor, As a Lansdowne resident, fiscal conservative taxpayer and parent of four, I strongly support a high school at the National Conference Center (NCC) site. Those who have been active in the boundary disputes and school site selection for the past several years know that this school site acquisition has been the most transparent in recent history, and has been under consideration for nearly three years now—hardly on a “fast track.” It also may be the most inexpensive yet in terms of long term operating and environmental costs. The only alternative available site would remove prime economic development land from the tax base—in opposition to the best interests of all Loudoun residents. This site selection represents an important …
One readers says a community-centered school makes more sense than Lex 7.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Dear Editor, I’m writing today in support of HS-8 at the National Conference Center site in Lansdowne. I believe strongly that walkable, neighborhood-based schools are highly desirable, strengthen communities and I believe that the NCC site is an excellent choice for the North Ashburn Planning Area. At least 50 percent of the students expected to attend HS-8 could walk to the NCC site reducing the required number of bus trips, and the costs of acquisition, staff, fuel and maintenance for buses as well as the associated carbon emissions that would be required by the Lexington 7 site. The Lexington 7 site for HS-8 ignores existing County planning policy that encourages walkable, neighborhood-based schools, and would require a 100 percent …
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Hang the cost! Let's just do it!
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Editor: Every American citizen is entitled to a public education. That unique promise gives hope to people who have much as well as those who have little. For citizens born into privilege, a public education teaches that "equal opportunity" does not mean we all are born as E-Trade babies. It means we all have the same chance to get an education, work hard, invest wisely, and prosper. In Loudoun County, the Board of Supervisors is under intense pressure from citizen-lobbyists who desperately want a high school built on the site of Lansdowne Sports Park, the public ball fields that were proffered by a developer in the mid-1990s. The cost of this custom-built high school has not yet been determined or even estimated, but it is projected to …
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Comments suggest board remains on track to purchase NCC property for Lansdowne high school.
The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted unanimously to extend the due diligence deadline related to a sales contract for property intended to be used for Ashburn’s next high school. The due diligence period is the time during which the county can analyze the property for unexpected obstacles to constructing HS-8 on the site in Lansdowne next to Belmont Ridge Middle School. The National Conference Center now owns most of the land where the school is planned.Construction of the high school would require use of a portion of the middle school land as well as the use of the entire adjacent park. The vote came after many residents spoke during a public input session Jan. 17. Speakers were divided, but it appeared that supporters…
Friday, November 4, 2011
Planners to share information about new high school to be located on National Conference Center property.
Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) will hold a community information meeting to review the proposed HS-8, Ashburn area high school to be located on a portion of the National Conference Center property, Belmont Ridge Middle School and the County park property, at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 16, at Belmont Ridge Middle School. LCPS is preparing applications for a Special Exception (SPEX) and Zoning Concept Plan Amendment (ZCPA) to allow the high school to be co-located with the existing Belmont Ridge Middle School. The site is identified as MCPI 081-36-9067, 081-45-4849 and 081-35-4208, at the end of Upper Belmont Place and on the east side of Kipheart Drive in Lansdowne in the Ashburn Election District. These applications seek to utilize the …