On June 19th, GFCA hosted a Special Town Hall with Jane Strauss, Dranesville’s Representative on the Fairfax County School Board, at Forestville Elementary School – over 300 people attended. GFCA requested that Strauss provide her perspectives on important school issues, including any potential redistricting of the Langley High School pyramid. She made a presentation on the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), long-term plans for new schools in the county, and how the school board approaches redistricting. To review her presentation see Recent news on the GFCA.org website.
While Strauss repeated that there are no imminent plans to change the Langley pyramid, many in the audience remain concerned for a few near-term and long-term reasons. Some of the cited reasons include:
- Lack of clarity on how the overcrowding at McLean High School will be addressed. While McLean was at 114% of capacity utilization in school year (SY) 2018-19, Langley HS was only at 82% capacity during the same period. (Ref. page 6 of Strauss’ “Forestville Presentation v3.pptx” presentation.)
- Unclear ramifications of the county’s adopted “One Fairfax” policy. “One Fairfax is a joint social and racial equity policy of the Board of Supervisors and School Board.” (Ref. Home page of Fairfax County’s “One Fairfax” website)
- How the residential, and therefore, student growth from Tysons Corner developments will be accommodated.
- Impact of a potential new high school in Herndon (near 13209 Parcher Ave, Herndon, VA 20170) in the 2030+ timeframe as outlined in the CIP.
Our local Connection Newspaper, June 25, 2019, contains a detailed article of the Town Hall meeting by Andrea Worker.
GFCA plans to host debates in the fall for the Fairfax County School Board Candidates. We will invite the three Dranesville District Representative candidates and the six At-Large candidates. The GFCA Board will also discuss options going forward. Residents who are concerned about this issue and are commited to engaging are encouraged to volunteer: Contact Ed Phillips (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Bill Canis (email@example.com).