Fairfax High-Lanier Middle School Boundary Meetings Set

logoThe Fairfax County School Board will hold a listening tour on four dates in October and November for parents and citizens to help determine which schools are included in the scope of study of the upcoming Fairfax High-Lanier Middle School boundary study.  The boundary study will address current and projected overcrowding in Fairfax High and Lanier Middle Schools.

These community meetings will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the following locations:

·         Monday, October 29: Fairfax High School cafeteria.
·         Tuesday, October 30: Frost Middle School lecture hall.
·         Monday, November 5: Robinson Secondary School blue cafeteria.
·         Monday, November 12: Woodson High School auditorium.

Both Fairfax High and Lanier Middle Schools recently underwent renovations funded by City of Fairfax residents. The Fairfax County School Board and the City of Fairfax Schools have a school services agreement giving FCPS administrative and operational control over schools located within the City of Fairfax, while the City makes major capital improvements to the school buildings that lie within city boundaries.

Since the overcrowding is primarily attributable to increases in the number of Fairfax County students attending these City schools, asking City residents to fund building additions to solve the overcrowding is not an option.  A majority of students—approximately 65 percent—who attend these schools are Fairfax County residents who live outside of City of Fairfax limits.

Students who reside in the City of Fairfax will not change schools. This boundary study will impact only middle and high school students who live in Fairfax County. Depending on the scope of study, middle and high school feeder schools may change for Fairfax County students.  No elementary school boundary changes will be considered as part of this process.
Those planning to attend the listening tour meetings are asked to register online.  Interested residents can also submit questions and comments online through Friday, November 30. More information about these listening tour meetings is available online.

In addition to the listening tour meetings, the key dates for the boundary study include:

·         Thursday, December 20: scope of study introduced as new business at Fairfax County School Board business meeting.
·          Monday, January 14, 2013: School Board Work Session.
·         Thursday, January 24, 2013: School Board votes on the scope of study.
·         Thursday, April 4, 2013: boundary study introduced as new business at the Board’s business meeting.
·         Wednesday, April 17, 2013: School Board Public Hearing.
·         Date to be determined: School Board Work Session.
·         May 9, 2013: School Board votes on proposed boundary study.
·         Fall 2014: implementation.



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