After searching for more than a year for property on which to build a much-needed high school, the Loudoun County School Board tonight gave the official thumbs-up to purchase 151.5 acres for $10 million.
“I’m thrilled to finally have this land,” School Board member Jill Turgeon (Blue Ridge) said after the vote. “This is something we’ve been waiting for for a long time.”
The high school, for now called HS-9, will be built on land at 25077 Lightridge Farm Road, just south of Braddock Road near the Willowsford community.
The land was assessed at just more than $4 million, according to county records, and was previously owned by Hovatter Farms LLC of Shalimar, FL.
When the new school opens in fall of 2021, it will relieve overcrowding at John Champe High School, which is on track to enroll an estimated 930 students more than its building capacity by 2020.
The property will also have space for a future elementary school.
Board members have said for months that they wanted to take into account HS-9’s location as it redraws attendance boundaries for secondary students in that part of the county. But, until now, they didn’t know where school leaders would find land.
It could mean one less boundary change process for families in the Dulles South area.
“It’s good to have this in sight so we can make plans accordingly,” Turgeon said.