The Loudoun County School Board on Monday night narrowed down its attendance zone boundary proposals to two, and both are very similar.
The board is restructuring attendance lines in south Loudoun to make room for a new middle school, MS-7. It is scheduled to adopt a final plan Dec. 13.
The plans under consideration are Plan 7, drafted by Chairman Eric Hornberger (Ashburn), and Plan 8, drafted by board member Jeff Morse (Dulles). Both plans call for MS-7 and Mercer Middle School to operate as intermediate schools housing grades eight and nine, while John Champe High School would house grades 10 through 12 until 2020, when another high school is scheduled to open. That move would free up enough space in the schools to keep students who live south of Rt. 50 attending schools south of Rt. 50.
The point of contention between the two plans is Plan 7 would reassign some students living in the Belle Terra community from Eagle Ridge Middle School/Briar Woods High School to Stone Hill Middle School/Rock Ridge High School, while Plan 8 keeps them put.
Hornberger said the move would better balance enrollment of the Eagle Ridge Middle School/Briar Woods High School cluster and theStone Hill Middle School/Rock Ridge High School cluster.
But Morse said that neighborhood has been “flip-flopped” between Eagle Ridge and Stone Hill middle schools enough.
The board will hold one more public hearing on the boundaries at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at the LCPS School Administration Building, 21000 Education Court in Ashburn. People can sign up to speak at lcps.org or by calling 571-252-1050.