Leesburg, VA (Mar. 3, 2016) – Sixth-grader Cathryn Mills had to stand on tip-toe to reach the podium mic at the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.
She and more than a dozen other students looked out of place in their hoodies, T-shirts, and polo shirts in the board room, usually the domain of people in business suits, but they were no less well-spoken.
“Dominion High School is not supposed to get a turf field until 2022, which is when I’ll be a senior in high school,” Cathryn said. “And if it’s not scheduled to get a turf field until the summer of 2022, I will have already graduated and may never get to see that field.”
She and 10 other students and parents asked supervisors to accelerate plans to install artificial turf at the last four high schools in Loudoun with grass athletic fields: Dominion High School in Sterling, Heritage in Leesburg, Freedom in Chantilly, and Briar Woods in Ashburn. The School Board’s current Capital Improvement Program includes synthetic turf and track at Briar Woods in 2022-23, and Dominion, Freedom, and Heritage in 2023-24.
Renss Greene/Loudoun Now