School Board Reassigns Roughly 120 Secondary Students

The Loudoun County School Board approved a rare uncontroversial attendance boundary change for secondary students in the southern end of the county last week.

The board voted unanimously to assign about 120 students in three planning zones— DN45, DN45.2, and DN45.3—to Eagle Ridge Middle School and Briar Woods High School, rather than Stone Hill Middle School and Rock Ridge High School effective this fall. This will allow students in those neighborhoods to advance to the same middle and high schools as the rest of their classmates at Mill Run Elementary School.

See the adopted attendance map here.

Board members agreed they needed to make the adjustment after attendance boundaries adopted in December changed the elementary assignment for students in those neighborhoods from Moorefield Station to Mill Run Station.

After the board made that change in December, School Board member Eric Hornberger (Ashburn), said, the families in those neighborhoods generally understood the need to be reassigned elementary schools; Moorefield Station Elementary’s enrolls hundreds of students more than its building was designed to hold. But, he added, “their primary concern was not being cluster aligned. We want those families to know we intend to address that issue.”

The board agreed to survey current freshmen living in those neighborhoods who are attending Rock Ridge High School to see how many want to remain at Rock Ridge.

Board members could not agree, however, on whether to provide those students transportation. School Board member Beth Huck (At Large) made a motion to provide bus service to any students who remained at Rock Ridge, but the majority of the board opposed the idea.

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