Superintendent Committed to Transparent Process During Boundary Policy Review

News Release
September 13, 2019

Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand met with leaders of the Fairfax County Council PTA recently to discuss the proposed changes to Policy 8130.9, which identifies when a school boundary adjustment may be considered. 

Brabrand told PTA leaders that the school division is at the beginning of a process to review the policy.  “There are no major boundary decisions that have been made or policy changes that have been made.” 
He said suggestions that cross-town busing and open boundaries are being discussed are not true.

Brabrand said the School Board wants to make sure there is transparency and they are committed to looking at a host of factors when considering boundary decisions. 

The current boundary policy has not had a comprehensive review since its 1986 adoption. The School Board has discussed the policy in public work sessions beginning in October 2018. The review of the policy was initiated because of the following issues:

•    Overcrowding at several schools.
•    Recognition that the current level of bond funding is not sufficient to address capacity demands, renovations (currently a 37-year cycle), and major maintenance in a timely manner.
•    Reliance on trailers (over 750).
•    Planned growth in specific areas of the county.
•    Demand for additional Pre-K classrooms.

“We need to be making all boundary decisions in full view of the community and in full view of the School Board,” said Brabrand.     

At a July 22 School Board work session, the Board directed the Superintendent to hire an outside consultant to work with the Board to identify best practices in boundary policy and engage the community in the discussion. The Board also asked the Superintendent to identify "hot" areas of overcrowding that are not included in the current FCPS Capital Improvement Program but may need a boundary adjustment.

View Dr. Brabrand’s remarks to the Fairfax County Council PTA.