|Plans for the gym at Bailey's Upper.|
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved amended proffers for a gym and outdoor play area at Bailey’s Upper Elementary School. The facility won’t be built until next summer, however.
Among other things, the proffers address the amount of setback at the front of the property and modify the transitional screening. The new 6,200-square foot building would be constructed on the existing parking lot.
The office building conversion had to be done right away because Bailey’s was facing severe overcrowding with the potential for 1,500 students. At that point, it was decided that it was more important to get the classrooms built right away and build a gym later, said Mason Supervisor Penny Gross during the public hearing June 23.
It’s the county’s first urban-style school. “There is some concern in the county that the school system does not have real template for urban-style schools. We need to figure that out quickly,” Gross said.
Only one resident spoke at the hearing. Suzy Wells, speaking on behalf of the Sleepy Hollow Manor Civic Association, said now that other urban schools are being proposed, Fairfax County Public Schools needs to come up with standards for them to ensure that “parity exists across the county.”
All schools should have trees and gardens, Wells said, because studies have shown that “students exposed to greenery at schools have better cognitive development.”