Loudoun County Public Schools may hand over the deed to one Virginia’s oldest school buildings.
The School Board voted unanimously Tuesday to begin the process of declaring the former Middleburg Elementary School property as surplus. The plan is for the school system to hand the property over to the county and, potentially, to the Town of Middleburg.
The school building opened in 1911. It underwent renovations and additions in the 1920s and again in the 1960s, but is still considered one of the oldest schools in the commonwealth.
The school system has been leasing the property to Middleburg Community Charter School for $1 a year since 2014. That’s the year that Middleburg Elementary School closed and moved out and the charter school moved in.
School Board member Eric Hornberger (Ashburn) first suggested that the board consider giving up ownership of the property since “we’re not in the business of leasing property.” He, and other board members, have suggested that the Town of Middleburg actually take ownership of the property. “The original facility was the town’s, so it is fitting, at least from my perspective, that we try to give it back to the town,” Hornberger said.
Legally speaking, the property would first need to be handed over to the county, and county leaders could decide whether to hold on to it, sell it or convey it to the Town of Middleburg, according to school division counsel Stephen DeVita.
Members of the charter school’s board of directors have mentioned the idea to Middleburg Mayor Betsy Davis, who they said sounded interested. The Middleburg Town Council is scheduled to discuss the matter in closed session April 13, according to Town Administrator Martha Mason Semmes.
Whoever is handed the deed to the facility will also be responsible for the property’s maintenance and upkeep.