The Leesburg Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to draft a letter to the School Board requesting they provide more on-campus parking at Loudoun County High School.
The decision comes amid growing complaints from residents who live near the high school that students and teachers are parking on residential streets.
Each year, Loudoun County High School sells 260 parking permits to student drivers, but the school has only 245 available spaces, according to the staff report. Plus, there are other students who do not buy a permit—which cost $100 per semester—and park along nearby streets.
“This practice has not been well received by some residents,” town staff reported.
Staff members are suggesting the School Board consider seven possible solutions, which they will outline in their letter. Among the suggestions are to: add a parking lane along Dry Mill Road in front of the high school; reconfigure a grass island adjacent to the school parking lot to create about 50 more spaces; consider leasing space from the nearby Leesburg Community Church parking lot; and lease or purchase land at Rogers Farm across from the high school to build a parking lot.
The staff’s memo stresses that some of their suggestions involve acquiring private property and major public infrastructure improvements, and that staff has not contacted any of the impacted property owners to gauge their support.
In a letter to Leesburg Town Manager Kaj Dentler, Kevin Lewis, the school system’s assistant superintendent of Support Services, states that his staff would assess the situation this fall as it continues work on the school division’s six-year Capital Improvement Program.
Leesburg Mayor Kelly Burk wrote School Board Chairman Jeff Morse (Dulles) to encourage these efforts. “… On behalf of the Leesburg Town Council and our residents, I encourage the Loudoun County School Board to take this issue seriously during your budget discussions,” she wrote. “It is very important to the quality of life for our residents who live in the surrounding neighborhoods of LCHS that the School Board ultimately approve a plan of action that will mitigate the problem for all parties involved.”