Voters in Loudoun County will encounter eight separate questions about funding school construction projects when they go to the polls on Nov. 8.
Loudoun had 15,000 students 10 years ago, and now has 47,000. County officials estimate that there will be 20,000 more students in county schools within four years. Loudoun will need all the school construction funding on this ballot and more to meet the demand for schools that comes with the growth county leaders have encouraged.
Good schools benefit all county residents, whether they have children in schools or not. Good schools are a cornerstone of a thriving economy and the underpinning of solid property values.
These eight questions should appear as one on the ballot. Don’t be deterred by eight questions — vote yes eight times.
Voters should also say yes to the ninth question, (actually first on the ballot) providing $8 million in funding for a Purcellville fire and station.
* Arcola Elementary School, $19.3 million, to design, construct and equip the new Arcola Elementary School and demolish the existing school.
* Dulles Area Middle School, $35.7 million to design, construct and equip a new Dulles Area Middle School.
* New Elementary School, $16.3 million, to design, construct and equip a new Elementary School at the Harmony Intermediate School.
* Hillsboro Elementary School, $2.42 million, to design, construct and equip the renovation of the existing Hillsboro Elementary.
* Ashburn Area Elementary School, $16.3 million, to design, construct and equip a new elementary school in Loudoun Valley Estates II in the Ashburn area.
* Rolling Ridge Elementary School, $12.96 million, cost to design, construct and equip the renovation of the existing Rolling Ridge Elementary.
* Sugarland Elementary School, $13.95 million, cost to design, construct and equip the renovation of the existing Sugarland Elementary.
* Western Loudoun Area High School, $63.5 million, the cost to design, construct and equip a Western Loudoun Area High School.