As a stopgap solution to school overcrowding problems in the rapidly growing western end of Fairfax County, the county School Board has drawn new boundaries for some Herndon and Reston area schools.
The changes could be a prelude to major boundary changes throughout the high-growth areas of the county within the next few years, said Roger Webb, director of facilities planning and services for the school system.
Intermediate and high schools on the outer edges of the county are bulging with over-capacity enrollments, while schools are being shut down in the inner suburbs because of declining enrollments, creating political headaches for School Board members throughout the county.
In an attempt to head off serious overcrowding at Herndon Intermediate, the board voted to shift 212 seventh graders entering from Forest Edge and Lake Anne elementary schools into Hughes Intermediate in Reston.
That decision came after parents objected loudly to the school staff's original recommendations to send Herndon Intermediate's eighth graders to Herndon High School next year. Parents complained that the eighth graders weren't emotionally or mentally prepared to enter a high school environment.
School officials said the Reston-Herndon area school boundaries would be changed again within the next two years when the new Franklin Intermediate School, approved in a bond issue last fall, is built southwest of Reston.
In other boundary changes the board:
* Moved 29 students in the Wayside, Tamarack and Sunnybrook subdivisions from Jackson to Thoreau Intermediate School.
* Moved 43 students in Equestrian Park from Forest Edge to Wolftrap Elementary; eight seventh graders from Herndon Intermediate to Thoreau Intermediate; and 10 ninth graders from Herndon High to Madison High.