Stafford County's newest elementary school received a name--Rocky Run--and a proposed attendance zone this week.
The school's new moniker is a shortened version of nearby Rocky Pin Run Creek and is supposed to ring familiar with Rocky Pin Run Reservoir, which is under construction, school officials said.
The proposed attendance zone would shift 564 students--378 from Hartwood Elementary School and 186 from Falmouth Elementary School--to Rocky Run. In addition, the Stafford School Board proposed moving 164 students from Grafton Village Elementary School to Falmouth Elementary to ease crowding at Grafton and balance attendance at all the schools.
"The desire here is to smooth out the zones and leave growing room with each of them," said John Bondurant, assistant director of planning for schools.
As it stands, all the schools are close to bubbling over with students. Officials expect crowding pressure to continue to increase in the coming years. The proposed changes, they say, would allow each school to absorb new students for at least a couple of years.
If all the proposed changes are accepted, Hartwood would have 572 students, with a capacity of 710; Falmouth would have 635, out of a possible 800; Grafton would have 665, of a possible 825; and Rocky Run would have 564, with room for 950, Bondurant said.
Rocky Run, which will have a similar design to Winding Creek Elementary School and is scheduled to open next fall, is being built in the Stafford Lakes subdivision near the Geico building on Route 17.
The proposed attendance zones would pull students from more than 20 communities around the Route 17 corridor. A public hearing on the proposed changes will be held Nov. 11 at Stafford High School. The School Board will likely vote on the changes Dec. 14.