Over the past year, it has been determined that the 20-acre land parcels currently required for the building of elementary and middle schools no longer exist in Eastern Prince William County. Even if the property did exist, site acquisition would be cost prohibitive.
At the same time, other trends are accelerating the need for new schools in Woodbridge, including: annual increases in student population; a growing number of mixed-use developments on the Route 1 corridor; new statewide (school) proffer restrictions on the County, and rapidly rising land acquisition costs. Together, these trends suggest the need for a dialogue on key issues and approaches to be considered prior to construction of the next school.
Woodbridge Supervisor Frank Principi invites members of the public to explore these issues at a Dec. 8 town hall on classroom overcrowding (click for details and registration). In addition to providing their input, attendees will hear from panelists about the challenges and possible solutions to overcoming these trends. Questions to be asked and answered include:
- Why do we need to consider an urban (compact footprint) school design?
- Do we have the proper land use and zoning policies in place to achieve this?
- Is there a place for urban schools in smart growth developments? Activity Centers?
- What are the barriers to site acquisition, construction, and operation of an urban school?
- Are urban schools financially viable?
- Where do we go from here?
Following is the agenda and list of panelists for the town hall.
- Welcome & Opening Remarks
- Introduction of Panelists
- Panelist Remarks (15-Minutes Each)
- Open Dialogue/Question & Answer Session
- Moderator: District Supervisor Frank Principi
- Chris Price; Deputy County Executive (Former Director, Planning Department), Prince William County
- Dave Cline; Associate Superintendent for Finance & Support Services, Prince William County Schools
- Grant Ehat; Partner, The JBG Companies