Justice Dept. to look into complaint about boundaries for new Prince William high school

The Justice Department is looking into a complaint about the process of drawing attendance boundaries for a new high school in Prince William County, according to school officials.

Schools spokesman Phil Kavits said he did not know the specifics of the complaint but said the school district would cooperate in whatever way necessary. Justice Department officials did not respond to requests for comment.

Establishing new boundaries for the high school, which is planned to open in September 2016, has been a controversial process. Many parents have complained about the lack of timely or adequate public input. Some also are concerned about the projected demographics for the new high school, which is expected to have one of the lowest rates of poor students in the county.

Controversy over the new boundaries follows heated public debate about the final design of the $97.9 million high school and whether or not it should include a swimming pool.

The Prince William School Board is expected to vote June 4 on the proposed boundaries, barring any delays.

Michael Alison Chandler writes about schools and families in the Washington region.

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