Loudoun County, VA (August 26, 2015) – Loudoun County’s 88 public schools will open on Monday, August 31st, welcoming an estimated 75,755 students for the 2015-16 school year. Students will begin school on the Monday prior to the Labor Day holiday. The last day of school will be Tuesday, June 14th.
This fall, Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) will open the doors for students entering Riverside High School in the Lansdowne area.
Superintendent Eric Williams will be entering his second year at the district’s helm. He spent much of his first year on the job introducing new instructional initiatives, including Project-Based Learning, One to the World and Bring Your Own Device. He also joined community stakeholders in the Vision 2020 strategic planning project.
Cynthia Ambrose was named the LCPS assistant superintendent for instruction and began her duties on August 17th. She comes to Loudoun after serving as the chief academic officer for the Horry County, S.C., Public Schools.
New School Opening in 2015-16:
Riverside High School
190919 Upper Belmont Place
Leesburg, VA 20176
Doug Anderson, principal
Six New Principals 2015-2016:
Aldie and Banneker elementaries: Robert L. Carter
Discovery Elementary: Christopher S. Painter
Hamilton Elementary: Kelly M. Meisenzahl
Legacy Elementary: Matthew T. Dickersheid
- Michael Lunsford Middle School: Carrie A. Simms
Mill Run Elementary: John T. Cornely
More than 700 New Licensed Personnel to Join Instructional Team
More than 700 new licensed employees have joined Loudoun County Public Schools for the 2015-16 school year.
This brings the total number of LCPS employees to 10,202. (5,927 will be licensed personnel, including teachers, librarians, counselors and principals.)
This year, 14 percent of the new hires are graduates from Loudoun County high schools. Eighteen of them are graduates of Broad Run High School, while another 14 are from Loudoun Valley High School. Park View High School had 10 graduates, Dominion High School had nine graduates and Heritage High School had eight graduates returning to work for LCPS. Stone Bridge High School had seven graduates. Briar Woods High School, Loudoun County High School and Potomac Falls High School all had six graduates in the new teacher ranks. Woodgrove High School had three graduates. Freedom High School rounded out the group with two graduates.
Student Enrollment Continues to Increase
The largest elementary school class will be the second grade with 6,053 students. The largest middle school class will be 6,072 students in the sixth grade. The largest high school class is the sophomore class with 5,810 members.
The class of 2015 is composed of 5,106 seniors enrolled in 14 of the county’s 15 high schools (Riverside High School will not have a senior class) compared to the 3,361 members of this class who entered the first day of kindergarten in 2003. In 2003, LCPS’ enrollment was 40,751.
LCPS operates and maintains a fleet of 830 school buses that travel nearly 8 million miles annually serving more than 73,000 students. Home-to-school bus transportation is furnished for students according to School Board Policy §6-21.
All students are afforded transportation services for various trips throughout the school year. School bus schedules are available at all schools, theTransportation website, and the main LCPS website, www.lcps.org.
2014 Walk Zone Policy:
School Board Policy §6-21, Student Transportation, states that: “Transportation services shall be provided to all students to and from their regular schools of assignment, except those who reside within a designated school walk-zone.” The policy defines a walk zone as “Up to eight-tenths (0.8) of a mile walking distance to the entrance to the school grounds to an elementary school and up to one (1.0) mile walking distance to that of a secondary (middle and high) school. Additionally, elementary students residing up to a tenth (0.1) or secondary students residing up to two-tenths (0.2) of a mile beyond a designated walk-zone may also be incorporated into that walk-zone, if doing so is considered particularly cost effective and/or efficient for the school division (such as extending the walk-zone to the end of a street or eliminating a relatively isolated bus stop) and would not require a school reassignment. The school division may make special accommodations in the distance of a walk zone for the access point of a school property located an unusually long distance from the entrance to the school facility.”
School Bond Vote on November 3, 2015
Bond funding for school construction will be up for voter approval in the November 3, 2015, election.
This year’s bond requests a total not to exceed $163,185,000 for a new Dulles North area elementary school (ES-31) and new Dulles North area high school (HS-11).
Public Invited to School Board Meetings
The School Board meets twice monthly in open session in the School Board Meeting Room in the LCPS Administrative Offices, located at 21000 Education Court, Ashburn 20148. Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays with the exception of December, July and August when no fourth Tuesday meetings are planned. Loudoun residents are encouraged to attend and participate in meetings. Agendas are available on the LCPS website: www.lcps.org through Board Docs, which is found under the School Board tab. Those who wish to speak at a School Board Meeting may call 571-252-1020 to have their names placed on the speakers’ list in advance of the meeting. They may also add their names to the list before the start of a School Board meeting.
LCPS-TV broadcasts on Comcast XFINITY Channel 18, Verizon FIOS Channel 43 and Channel 42 on OpenBand, providing live gavel-to-gavel coverage of scheduled School Board meetings. Meetings can be viewed live and on-demand via webcasts on the LCPS website at www.lcps.org.
LCPS Extends Reach to Community through Social Media
Loudoun County Public Schools has extended its communications reach to students, families, employees and Loudoun County residents through the use of popular social media tools, Facebook and Twitter, and a mobile app for the LCPs website. Users of these social media get up-to-date LCPS information and announcements, including weather delays and school closings.
The Official Loudoun County Public Schools Facebook can be added to your account’s newsfeed by clicking “like” at www.facebook.com/LCPSofficial. Twitter users can follow LCPS news via @LCPSofficial.
These sites may also be accessed by clicking on the Facebook and Twitter icons found on the www.lcps.org home page.