Oakton | Fairfax ES Community Meeting
Community meeting to discuss the plan for a new elementary school in the Fairfax/Oakton area.
Douglas Tyson, Region 1 Assistant Superintendent
Jeffrey Platenberg, Assistant Superintendent Facilities and Transportation
Kevin Sneed, Special Projects Administrator
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is this site being chosen for the school?
The Blake Lane site was chosen because the FCPS-owned site along Route 29 does not have road frontage. After meeting with Fairfax County, it was decided that the Blake Lane site was better situated to house a school.
Why do we need a new school in the area?
The elementary schools in the Oakton High School pyramid do not have room for all the students who reside in the pyramid. Currently, more than 200 students from the Oakton HS pyramid attend schools in the South Lakes High School pyramid.
Our goal is to allow the Oakton HS pyramid cohorts to stay together throughout their entire educational careers.
In addition, the South Lakes HS pyramid will be affected by new development associated with the Silver Line Metro, and FCPS needs to ensure that these new students have space to be educated.
How will the project incorporate community needs and greenspace?
The school we intend to construct on the Blake Lane site is specifically designed to facilitate community use. The classrooms are segregated from the common areas of the facility (cafeteria, gymnasium, and library). In addition, there is a Community Service Delivery room specifically intended for community members.
The Blake Lane site is currently undeveloped, however the Fairfax County Park Authority and FCPS intend to maximize the available land to meet the community needs as well the program of studies. This model of school is more compact, therefore it will take up less space on the site, thus allowing for more greenspace.
Will traffic impacts be considered?
A traffic study is underway. Traffic studies are used to provide guidance to the agencies which are responsible for reviewing and approving the plans. One FCPS goal is to keep as much traffic on the site, especially the Kiss & Ride, in order to avoid affecting the surrounding community.
In addition, we would like to create a school which affords more students the opportunity to walk to school, instead of taking a bus or being dropped off by their parents.
What is the project timeline?
We have just begun the planning process. A design committee comprised of HOA members in the communities which are closest to the site has been formed. The primary work of the design committee is to provide feedback to FCPS Design and Construction Services, their design consultants, and the Fairfax County Park Authority on how the school is situated on the site, traffic, landscaping, and the layout of the exterior space.
The original plan was for the school to open in the fall of 2023. FCPS believes that it may be beneficial to delay the construction by a year in order to coincide with the completion of the Mosby Woods Elementary School renovation project.