This week the Fairfax County School system published the staff recommendations for the Annandale Regional Planning Study. This is one of the final steps in a long process to involve both the community and FCPS staff in making changes to address overcrowding at Annandale High School and to adjust the elementary boundaries to accommodate the new elementary school being built in Annandale. The school Board will be asking for public comments to the proposal on July 11-12 and will vote on the recommendation at the school board meeting on July 28.
I have to admit I am surprised by the recommendations at the high school level. The School Board Staff is recommending that the area west of the Beltway attend Frost Middle School and Woodson High School. This would mean modular units at Frost to handle the extra students until more permanent space could be built at Frost in 6-7 years. It would also take the area South of Braddock Road (Bren Mar Park) and send those students to Holmes Middle School and Edison High School. Both Edison and Woodson have room for additional students and are close in proximity to these areas, so this was clearly a priority for the staff. It is surprising to me that Lake Braddock Secondary School did not get any additional students even though it has space at both the middle school and high school levels and is in close proximity. The staff must have preferred enlarging Frost, which is currently overcrowded, and keeping students that attend Wakefield Forest Elementary feeding into the same middle school than to sending them to Lake Braddock.
The elementary school being built on the Lacey site will be drawn from students attending Annandale Terrace, Beech Tree, Belvadere and Woodburn Elementary Schools. The staff has also recommended some changes that would address attendance islands at the elementary schools and is trying to lessen the split feeders.
As I learned from the previous school boundary study, the School Board will make adjustments to the staff recommendation the night of the vote. This is not set in stone, but is probably close to what the final outcome will be. For more information and a map of the boundary changes go to the Fairfax County Public School Annandale Study Staff Recommendation Site.