School Board Adds Two Schools to List of Priority Recommended Boundary Adjustments

News Release
October 04, 2019

The Fairfax County School Board voted to approve an amendment to the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) FY 2020-24 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) at its business meeting on September 26. The approved amendment to the FY 2020-24 CIP adds McLean High School and Langley High School to the list of Priority Recommended Boundary Adjustments in the CIP. 

McLean High School is currently over capacity and Langley High School currently has space following a renovation that was completed in 2018. Including these schools allows staff to begin the scoping process this fall and make recommendations for potential boundary adjustments.

The CIP highlights potential solutions for the over-capacity situation at McLean High School:

  • Increase efficiency by reassigning instructional spaces within a school to accommodate the increase in membership.
  • Make minor interior facility modifications to create additional instructional space and help to accommodate the capacity deficit.
  • Add temporary classrooms to accommodate the capacity deficit in the short term.
  • Make capacity enhancements through either modular or building additions.
  • Develop a potential boundary adjustment with schools that currently have a capacity surplus.

In its discussion of the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) on January 22, 2018, the Board requested a review of Policy 8130.7, Local School Boundaries, Program Assignments, and School Closings. The Board held several work sessions to conduct its review. Staff provided a draft Policy 8130 for discussion as requested by the School Board in the July 22, 2019, work session. At that meeting, the School Board directed the Superintendent and staff to work with the Board to identify boundary “hot spots” which should be included in the FY 2020-24 CIP. McLean High School was identified as a hot spot by the Board and the Superintendent. 

The FY 2020-24 CIP reflects a five-year requirement of $972 million, or roughly $194 million per year, to build new facilities and provide capacity enhancement projects, modular additions, and possible boundary adjustments to accommodate enrollment needs.

For more information, contact the FCPS Office of Communication and Community Relations at 571-423-1200.