Even before Loudoun County school leaders wrap up the attendance zone boundary process for Leesburg schools that’s been one of the most contentious in recent history, they will begin another one in the Brambleton area.
The Loudoun County School Board meets at 6:30 p.m. today to kickoff the seven-week process to redraw attendance lines for Brambleton-area middle and high school students. The boundaries have to be redrawn to prepare for the opening of Brambleton Middle School (formerly known as MS-9) and the high school known as HS-11.
Brambleton Middle School is set to open in August 2017, and the yet-to-be-named HS-11 is on track to open in 2018.
Students at the following 31 schools could be reassigned: Hillside, Mill Run, Ashburn, Discovery, Dominion Trail, Aldie, Arcola, Buffalo Trail, Pinebrook, Creighton’s Corner, Legacy, Rosa Lee Carter, Cedar Lane, Sanders Corner, Newton-Lee, Seldens Landing and Steuart W. Weller elementary schools; Eagle Ridge, Farmwell Station, Mercer, Belmont Ridge, Stone Hill, Trailside and J. Michael Lunsford middle schools; Briar Woods, Broad Run, John Champe, Riverside, Rock Ridge, Stone Bridge and Freedom high schools.
Tonight’s meeting will be followed by a work session on the attendance boundaries in Leesburg. The board is scheduled to adopt an attendance map tomorrow. The board added the work session to its calendar after an activist group called Educate Don’t Segregate formed in the past week and a half and called on school leaders to reassign the fewest number of students.
The group is protesting some of the board members’ intentions to return about 700 students to schools closer to their homes. While it would mean fewer students bussed to schools across town, the move would also concentrate most of the town’s low-income and Hispanic elementary students to two schools, Leesburg and Frederick Douglass.