Woodgrove High School, home to one of the longest afternoon pick-up lines in the county, is about to get an upgrade.
The Loudoun County government is planning to build a two-lane road between the high school and Hillsboro Road (Rt. 690) just north of Purcellville. The road will be built through the county-owned Fields Farm property to the south of the high school. It will provide a second access road to Woodgrove and should make it easier and faster for parents to drop off and pick up students at the high school and the nearby Mountain View Elementary School.
The School Board was told about the project at its Sept. 25 meeting. The project needs the board’s approval because the school system leases portions of the Fields Farm property for the high school and elementary school campuses, so the lease boundaries will need to be shifted.
The change would shift about 35 acres that the school system is currently leasing back to the county. But senior staff members said the school campuses are not expected to be negatively impacted. Two practice fields that sit within that area will be replaced with two new fields nearby.
The School Board won’t vote on the matter until its next meeting Oct. 9, but board members shared their support of the idea during last week’s meeting.
“I know firsthand, that line can get very long, I’m very grateful for that additional entrance,” said School Board member Jill Turgeon (Blue Ridge), whose son attended Woodgrove.
As part of the project, the county also plans to build a park and a park-and-ride lot on the Fields Farm property. But before construction can begin, staff members said that several steps have to be taken. In addition to changing the school system’s lease areas, these include a land exchange with the adjoining property owner Ralph Fields; annexation and de-annexation of land areas within the Town of Purcellville; and a rezoning of land in the town to allow development of the planned park and commuter lot.