Schools Want Changes in Potomac, Forest Park Boundaries
May 2, 2012 7:30 am - Potomac Local News
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. – A community meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, May 14 at Graham Park Middle School to gain public input on proposed boundary changes to balance enrollment at Potomac and Forest Park high schools for the 2013-14 school year. The changes are expected to affect about 100 students for the first school year that the boundary change takes effect.
A public hearing on the proposed high school boundaries is slated for the June 13 School Board meeting at 7 p.m. in the School Board Meeting Room, Kelly Leadership Center.
The completion of the 30-room addition to Potomac High School in 2013 will add 630 seats to the existing capacity of the school. Current enrollment projections and boundaries would mean that Potomac High School would be under-utilized and Forest Park High School would be over capacity, thus the need for realignment. A portion of the Forest Park High School attendance area will be re-assigned to the Potomac High School attendance area.
The Thomasson Crossing, Moncure Woods, Spanish Garden, Barnette Forest, Quantico Terrace, Belleau Wood, Cramers Ridge,Crborough Heights, Stonewall Manor, Graham Park Shores, Graham Park, and Melrose Gardens communities are likely to be affected.
Prior to the May 14 community meeting, staff from the Offices of Facilities Services will meet with the Advisory Council at both high schools.
Information and maps for the proposed high school boundary changes are located on the Facilities Services Web site. Parents with questions or comments should contact Lionel White in the Office of Facilities Services at 703-791-7312.
The School Board is expected to vote on the proposed high school boundaries on June 13 following the public hearing. If approved, the new boundaries would take effect in September 2013.
Citizens who wish to address the School Board during the public hearing must notify the Board Clerk by noon on June 13 in writing to P.O. Box 389, Manassas, Va. 20108; by phone at 703-791-8709; or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Citizens may also sign up in the School Board meeting room prior to 6:55 p.m. on the evening of the public hearing.