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Geurin Requests Boundary Hearings

Parents Speak Out Against Attendance Boundaries

Only a handful of parents filed in to Rolling Ridge Elementary School the night of Wednesday, Feb. 7.

Sam Adamo, director of Loudoun County Public Schools Planning and Legislative Services, met with parents to discuss several attendance boundary options that affect Rolling Ridge, Forest Grove and Sully elementary school students.

School Board member J. Warren Geurin (Sterling) requested the planning department examine the attendance boundaries at all three schools due to overcrowding at Forest Grove Elementary School.

The 5-year-old school is made up of parts of once-Rolling Ridge, Sully and Guilford elementary schools neighborhoods.

"In five years, the boundary area we created has grown in student population by a condsiderable amount," Geurin said. "By about 100 students."

Geurin said the number one concern is the increase in class sizes, there.

ROLLING RIDGE is undergoing major renovations that will add seven new classrooms, new art, music and computer classrooms, and a new gymnasium, to the school by August.

"There’s some room there," Adamo said.

"This set of boundary adjustments," Geurin added, "is designed to more evenly balance out students at Rolling Ridge and Forest Grove elementary schools."

ADAMO PRESENTED four different attendance-boundary scenarios to parents at Rolling Ridge Elementary School Wednesday night.

Adamo said the boundary scenarios are "for discussion purposes only" and "do not represent any elementary school attendance boundary recommendation."

The first scenario shifts Forest Grove students who live in EL 46, 47 and 52 to Rolling Ridge Middle School, which would more evenly distribute the number of students who attend both schools.

The second scenario shifts Forest Grove Elementary School students who live in EL 41, near Old Ox Road, to Sully Elementary School.

The third scenario shifts Forest Grove Elementary School students who live in EL 46 and 47 to Rolling Ridge Elementary School and Forest Grove Elementary School students who live in EL 52 to Sully Elementary School.

The final scenario shifts Forest Grove Elementary School students who live in EL 46 to Sully Elementary School and Forest Grove students who live in EL 47 to Rolling Ridge Elementary School

He encouraged parents to voice their opinions at the community meetings and to the Department of Planning and Legislative Services directly.

Middle and high school boundaries will not change in the process of adjusting elementary school attendance boundaries, Adamo said.