The Prince William County School Board approved the name Springwoods and Henderson last week for two elementary schools now under construction and slated to open in September 1985 in the eastern end of the county.
The two schools are in the fast-growing subdivisions of Montclair and Lake Ridge. The names, Springwoods for the Lake Ridge school and Henderson for the Montclair facility, were chosen from names submitted by parents, school staff and students who were asked by the administration for suggestions.
Springwoods is the name of the street on which the Lake Ridge school is located. Henderson is named after Alexander Henderson, a Revolutionary War patriot who owned farmland on which the Montclair subdivision now sits. Henderson, who was also the "father of the chain store," according to school information officer Kristy Larson, built a house in Dumfries in 1788 that still stands on Fairfax Street, she said.
The board held public hearings throughout November to discuss boundaries for the two schools. The final decision will be made at the Dec. 5 meeting. The school administration staff has recommended three options for each school, each of which will require reassignment among existing schools in the area. The 1984 student housing report shows that the September elementary school enrollment surpassed 1982 enrollment figures by more than 500 students. Many of the reassignments will be made to relieve crowding in the Dumfries school and schools in the Lake Ridge area, Larson said.