Loudoun County, Va. (September 4, 2014) – Loudoun County’s 87 public schools opened on Tuesday, September 2, welcoming an estimated 73,233 students for the 2014-15 school year. The last day of school will be Tuesday, June 16.
This fall Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) will open the doors for students entering three new schools and the Middleburg Community Charter School.
Those are just some of the major changes LCPS has undergone since the end of the 2013-14 school year.
On June 30th, LCPS said good-bye to the district’s superintendent of 23 years, Dr. Edgar B. Hatrick III, who retired. Hatrick served public education in Loudoun County for more than 47 years. Loudoun changed dramatically during Hatrick’s tenure as superintendent; growing from a student population of 15,118 in 1991 to 70,858 in 2013. Loudoun went from being the 13th-largest school division in Virginia to the third-largest. That meant building 52 schools (33 elementary, 10 middle schools and nine high schools).
On July 1st, LCPS welcomed its new superintendent, Dr. Eric Williams. Williams had been superintendent of the York County, Va., School Division, which serves approximately 12,500 students, for the past six years. Prior to his role in York County, he served as the assistant superintendent in Collier County, Fla., which serves 44,000 students.
Sharon D. Ackerman, LCPS’ assistant superintendent for instruction, also retired June 30th after 48 years as a professional educator. Ackerman began her career in Loudoun County in 1972 as a teacher at Aldie Elementary. She became assistant superintendent for instruction in 1998.
Dr. Terri L. Breeden was named the LCPS assistant superintendent for instruction and began her duties on July 1st. She comes to Loudoun after serving as assistant superintendent for professional learning and training and assistant superintendent for professional learning and accountability for Fairfax County Public Schools.
New Schools Opening in 2014-15:
Cardinal Ridge Elementary
26155 Bull Run Post Office Road
Centreville, VA 20120
Dr. Ricardy Anderson, principal
20325 Claiborne Parkway
Ashburn, VA 20147
Bridget M. Beichler, principal
Rock Ridge High
43460 Loudoun Reserve Drive
Ashburn, VA 20148
John M. Duellman, principal
Middleburg Community Charter School
101 North Madison Street
Middleburg, VA 20117
Dr. Barbara Smith, principal
17 New Principals 2014-2015:
Aldie Elementary: Deborah Lee*
Algonkian Elementary: Brian Blubaugh
Broad Run High School: David Spage
Cardinal Ridge Elementary: Dr. Ricardy Anderson**
Forest Grove Elementary: Shontel Simon
Loudoun County High School: Dr. Michelle Luttrell
Middleburg Community Charter School: Dr. Barbara Smith
Newton-Lee Elementary: Shawn Lyons
Park View High School: Kirk Dolson
River Bend Middle School: David Shaffer
Riverside High School: Doug Anderson***
Rock Ridge High School: John Duellman**
Rolling Ridge Elementary: Lottie Spurlock
Round Hill Elementary: Andrew Davis
Sterling Middle School: Agustin Martinez
Stone Bridge High School: Matthew Wilburn
Trailside Middle School: Bridget Beichler**
*Also the principal of Banneker Elementary
***Opening in 2015
More than 600 New Licensed Personnel to Join Instructional Team
More than 600 new licensed Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) employees have joined Loudoun County Public Schools for the 2014-15 school year.
This brings the total number of LCPS employees to 10,018. (5,679 will be licensed personnel, including teachers, librarians, counselors and principals.)
This year, there were 15 graduates each from Loudoun County and Stone Bridge high schools, 14 graduates from Loudoun Valley High School, 13 graduates from Broad Run High School, 10 graduates from Potomac Falls High School, eight graduates each from Heritage and Park View high schools, five graduates from Dominion High School, four graduates from Briar Woods High School and two graduates of Freedom High School returning to LCPS as new employees.
Student Enrollment Continues to Increase:
The largest elementary school class will be the fifth grade with 5,950 students. The largest middle school class will be 5,747 students in the seventh grade. The largest high school class is the freshmen class with 5,595 members.
The class of 2015 is composed of 4,985 seniors enrolled in 13 of the county’s 14 high schools (Rock Ridge High School will not have a senior class) compared to the 2,995 members of this class who entered the first day of kindergarten in 2002. In 2002, LCPS’ enrollment was 37,532.
854 School Buses on the Road by 6:30 a.m.:
As early as 6:30 a.m. on the first day of school, LCPS’ 854 school buses will begin traveling the county’s roads and highways delivering students to the district’s 87 schools. During the 2014-15 school year, these buses are expected to travel more than 9 million miles. Please check the LCPS transportation department website at http://www.lcps.org/page/2098 for 2014-15 school bus routes and schedules.
LCPS Transportation Director, Alvin E. Hampton IV again reminds drivers to watch for school buses picking up children and to be aware of children walking or biking to school. Virginia law requires that all vehicles stop for school buses loading and unloading students.
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.” Appropriate in distance is defined 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 4, 2014:
Bond funding for school design and construction will be up for voter approval in the November 4, 2014, election.
This year’s bond requests a total of $162,900,000 to finance the costs to design, construct and equip ES-27, Dulles North Elementary School; MS-9, Dulles North Middle School; and the Advanced Technology Academy.
This is not a referendum on whether these projects should be built. They have already been approved by the School Board and Board of Supervisors. The referendum seeks the authority to issue general obligation bonds to fund these projects.
The Board of Supervisors has selected general obligation bonds as the method of funding these projects. General obligation bonds have historically been sold with a 20-year repayment schedule for construction projects. Using this method, people moving into Loudoun will help pay for the schools that will be built for the county’s increasing school population.
If the bond referendum is not approved, the Board of Supervisors must find other means of funding the construction of these projects.
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.
These sites may also be accessed by clicking on the Facebook and Twitter icons found on the www.lcps.org home page.