|A rendering of the bus loop in front of a renovated Falls Church High School. [Perkins Eastman]|
The $360 million bond referendum will be presented to voters on the Nov. 2 ballot.
Among other projects, the bond includes:
- $4 million for planning and design for renovating Bren Mar Park Elementary School;
- $30 million for construction at Wakefield Forest Elementary School; and
- $13.5 million for site acquisition for a “future western high school.”
In 2012, members of the Falls Church High School community complained about unsafe science labs, poor ventilation, disgusting bathrooms, and inadequate wiring that precluded the use of up-to-date technology.
The school was far down on the FCPS “renovation queue” which meant it couldn’t be renovated until 2024 at the earliest. In 2014, the school board refused to move FCHS up on the renovation schedule.
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Planning funds for renovating Falls Church High School were covered by a school bond passed by voters in 2017. The project includes a new auxiliary gym and an expansion of the existing gym; new physical education rooms; and a new music suite, library, lecture hall, and science labs. The cafeteria will be expanded. Nursing and dental labs will be added to the academy wing.
Construction is expected to start within the next few months, and the project could be completed in fall 2025.