A Student of History

October 22, 2006

Preservation vs. Schools in Va.

Filed under: Historic Preservation — John Maass @ 6:29 pm

From the WP, an article on how one town, in Northern Va., is struggling to fight the school system in its own county to limit growth. 

The small western Loudoun County town of Purcellville is taking on the county and one of its biggest developers — the school system — with the hope of managing growth in the once-rural area.

But the 50,000-student school system is a formidable opponent, given its mission of building more than 20 schools in the next six years to educate a population expected to grow by 40 percent in the same period of time.

So who will win?  Given the recent eminent domain decision by the Supreme Court ofthe US, I think I can tell where this is going.  But one never knows, and so far the town has had some success.

Officials in the town of 6,500 are seeking to block construction of a proposed high school on county-owned land just north of the town. They argue that construction requires town approval, which is the same argument that was used to challenge an elementary school outside of Hamilton that was scheduled to open next year.

So far, their efforts appear to be working. The elementary school has been delayed by a year and the high school’s 2008 opening date is in jeopardy.

The rest of the story is here.

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