Town of Hillsboro
The following was among actions taken at the Oct. 2 meeting of the Hillsboro Town Council. For more information, call 668-6066.
SCHOOL RESOLUTION -- The council passed a unanimous resolution of support for a Hillsboro citizens group formed to fight for the preservation of the Hillsboro Elementary School.
There is no imminent threat to close the school, which enrolls 87 students, but the School Board recently appointed a committee of parents, teachers and principals to study the operation of the county's smallest schools. The committee will hold a public hearing Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Catoctin Elementary School in Leesburg.
The committee is charged with studying school enrollment levels. A school is presently defined as "small" if it has 125 students or less. The committee will recommend whether or not the education provided by the smaller schools is worth the extra cost of operating them. An earlier study, done in 1981, estimated that educating students at these schools annually costs the system at least $1,000 more per pupil than at larger schools.
Last spring, the School Board defeated a motion by member William White (Broad Run) to close schools in Aldie and Hillsboro, the smallest in the county. School officials estimated that the proposed closings would save about $450,000 in the current school budget. While the board rejected the proposal, members agreed to restudy the cost and reasons for operating small schools.
Town of Round Hill
The following was among actions taken at the Oct. 4 meeting of the Round Hill Town Council. For more information, call 338-7878.
REZONING -- The council approved a rezoning request that would allow medical offices and 16 town houses on about 3.25 acres in the center of town.
The project at Route 7 and Route 719 will be developed by BR Ventures of Round Hill.
The rezoning from single-family residential to business and town house residential required amending the town's comprehensive plan. The plan, last revised in 1988, called only for single-family houses on the BR Ventures property, but following the vote, now contains a provision for town houses. The town is now also updating the entire comprehensive plan.
The council took three votes on the BR Ventures application. The vote to rezone .57 acres from single-family residential to business was unanimous. The vote to amend the comprehensive plan and to rezone 2.74 acres from single-family residential to town house residential were 4 to 2, with members Pete Gray and Sarah McCracken voting no. They gave no reason for their opposition.