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Fairfax County school construction bond issue, 2009

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On November 3, 2009 county voters voiced their opinion on the Fairfax County school construction bond issue, determining whether a new group of schools construction and renovation projects will be funded through $232,580,000 worth of bonds in Fairfax County.The measure was approved on November 3, 2009.

Money from the bond will be used to cover the renovation of:

  • South County Middle School-$50 million
  • Marshall High School-$100 million
  • Planning for the renovation of Sandburg Middle School $2.5 million

The school system also planned for the bond to pay for $9.75 million in extra modular classrooms and $40.76 million in building expansions at eight elementary schools and one middle school. Currently the expansion includes: Spring Hill, Lynbrook, West Springfield, Woodley Hills, Springfield Estates, Kings Park, Cunningham Park and Crestwood elementary schools as well as Whitman Middle School.

Election results

Council Election Referendum
Result Votes Percentage
Approveda Yes 18,815 70.3%
No 7,943 29.7%
Total votes 26,758 100.00%
Voter turnout n/a%

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Support

According to Fairfax County school officials, by 2013 it is estimated that 50 schools will be over building capacity by 10 percent and 31 schools would be over building capacity by 20 percent. Additionally, according to published reports school officials said that for the current list of schools this bond is the only to way to address their capacity problems. Boundary adjustments, they said, would not help.

Opponents

Despite the schools' increase in enrollment, some county officials including Supervisor Patrick Herrity were skeptical that the increase would continue. Herrity said that he questioned the school system’s projections on growing enrollment over the next few years.[2]

The National Taxpayers Union included the measure on the 2009 General Election Ballot Guide. NTU scored it as a measure that would raise taxes and expand government.

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