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Tale of Two High Schools, Part I

Over the past five weeks or so, we've growled several times about the new Washington-Lee High School, recently noting that it was well on its way to being, and exceeding, a $100 million high school. As we noted, the school will house 1,600 students, and will be mostly paid for through a $72 million bond issue approved by Arlington voters last November. In today's Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, we noted the troubles being encountered in Fauquier County in getting their third high school built. The school will house 1,500 students and that "voters approved borrowing $39.6 million in construction funds. There are a number of similarities between the planned construction projects, e.g., as we previously noted, the County Board must grant the Washington-Lee project a use permit so that the new school can exceed the allowed height limit while the paper writes, "But before construction can begin, Fauquier's five-member Board of Supervisors must approve a land-use plan amendment . . . and grant special exceptions for the site to be used as a school and to add a special above-ground pumping facility." What struck us most from the article, however, is the apparent cost differential between the two schools. Given the contemporary nature of the two construction projects, we will make a special effort to compare the two projects in greater detail. ACTA members or interested Arlington residents should contact ACTA's president if they would like updates on this particular issue.

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