Fairfax County

The following were among actions taken at the Nov. 19 meeting of the Fairfax County School Board. For more information, call 691-2991.

BRADDOCK PARK GRADE STRUCTURE -- The board voted to open the new Braddock Park area school in Centreville next year with grades seven through 10, but to allow the entering 10th-graders to remain at their current high schools if they wish, rather than go to the new school.

The decision differed from Superintendent Robert Spillane's recommendation last month to open the new school next year with grades nine and 10 only, and add a single class of seventh-graders the following year.

Spillane said Thursday his earlier proposal received almost unanimous criticism from parents at a public hearing, so he revised his recommendation to include grades seven to 10.

The new school, which has yet to receive an official name, is to include students drawn from areas now served by Fairfax and Chantilly High Schools. It is intended to relieve overcrowding at Chantilly, and provide students in the southwestern part of the county with a school closer to their homes. Administrators also hope to relieve projected overcrowding at the Rocky Run Intermediate School.

The board's decision allows Spillane to open the Braddock Park school with grades seven through nine only, if fewer than 250 10th-graders elect to go there. Spillane said he hoped to conduct a survey of ninth-graders in the area by the end of January to see how many would go.

School officials have yet to choose the boundaries of the new school's enrollment area. Spillane is to issue a recommendation to the board Dec. 17, and the board is expected to make a decision on March 10.

Initial proposals for the boundaries, presented to parents earlier this month, will probably have to be redrawn, officials said.