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New Elementary School Boundary is Approved

After months of town meetings, public hearings and even petition drives, the Fairfax County School Board on Monday approved the boundary changes for the new northeast Centreville elementary school.

It's in Centreville Farms, off Route 29 and Stringfellow Road and, when it opens in September, it will help ease overcrowding in several other local elementaries. Option three was approved, with the following amendments:

* Regarding the Greenbriar East, Greenbriar West and northeast Centreville attendance areas: Retain the area south of Monument Drive (including sections of Fair Ridge, Cedar Lakes, Fairfield and Fair Lakes) at Greenbriar East; and assign the preschool and FECEP programs from Greenbriar East to northeast Centreville.

Also on Monday, the School Board approved the boundary for the GT center at Oak Hill Elementary, as proposed by staff. In addition, parents of rising GT center fourth-graders in the Herndon-Reston area were surveyed by staff to gauge whether fourth grades were possible at the new Clearview and Oak Hill centers. The schools were proposed to open with third grades only.

Staff found the numbers would support a fourth grade at both Clearview and Oak Hill, while still maintaining two fourth-grade classes at Forest Edge. Fourth-grade parents in the Clearview and Oak Hill GT center boundary areas will be given the choice of having their children attend the new centers or keeping them at their current centers ā€” namely Forest Edge, Greenbriar West or Hunters Woods.