The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors yesterday approved the location of two school sites near Lansdowne Resort.
One is for an elementary school within the resort property. The 20-acre site fronts Route 7 just west of Lansdowne Boulevard.
The other is a 35-acre site for an elementary or middle school on the grounds of Xerox Document University near Leesburg.
Both sites are subject to possible zoning changes that would have to be approved by supervisors, and to approval by the Loudoun County School Board.
The developer of Lansdowne donated both sites to the county in exchange for the approval of the zoning needed to build the resort.
The sites already appear on the Loudoun County public school system's capital projects list of 22 schools that must be built in the next six years to handle the county's growing school-age population.
Sam Adamo, director of planning and legislative services for Loudoun County schools, said the elementary school on the resort property is scheduled to open in the fall of 2001 and the other school should open in the fall of 2003.
"Given the amount of growth that we're having, the school site availability is a great relief," Adamo said.
Library Board Granted Access to Trust Fund
The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors yesterday authorized an amendment to the Uran Holocaust Trust Fund at the request of the board of trustees of the Loudoun County Public Library System.
The amendment will allow trustees to request disbursements from the $1 million fund without first having to seek approval from county supervisors.
Trustees in May accepted a contribution of $1 million from Irwin Wayne Uran, a California philanthropist and former Leesburg resident who is known for his large donations to help Loudoun citizens. The contribution came after Uran called Doug Henderson, the library's director, to say he would like to see a Holocaust collection in the county library.
The next day, Henderson's office received a check for $1 million, along with a letter from Uran saying he hoped the money would be used to buy books, videos, CD-ROMs, music and other material about the Holocaust, the slaughter of six million Jews in Europe by the Nazis.
Uran requested that the money also be used for lectures and seminars "to promote better relations among all peoples."
The amendment approved yesterday "means that if our board wishes to do what they wish to do, there's no possibility of conflict with someone else," Henderson said.
Uran has given prodigiously in Loudoun County. Last year, the billionaire gave $2 million to the Loudoun Jewish Congregation to build a synagogue in Leesburg, and $100,000 to area agencies that help the needy during the holiday season. He also donated $50,000 to the Loudoun County Animal Trust Fund in memory of his dog.
At Uran's request, the collection of Holocaust materials is to be distributed among the library's seven branches.
Public Hearings Planned for Paving Projects
The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has agreed to hold public hearings on whether to pave and possibly widen portions of Fry Farm Road (Route 675), just west of Lovettsville, and Old Wheatland Road (Route 698), from Route 9 to Route 681 in Waterford.
Because of growth in those areas and increased traffic, the paving projects are in the state's six-year transportation plan, said Board Supervisor Helen A. Marcum (R-Catoctin).
"Most of these roads have been in the system for a long time," Marcum said at Wednesday's board meeting. "So we want to take it back to the public to make sure that what they want hasn't changed."
Residents in the Rosemont Farm development have said increased traffic is tearing up a three-mile gravel stretch of Old Wheatland Road. The Fry Farm Road project may involve taking a portion of the right of way to pave less than a mile of the road, east of the intersection with Route 673 to the corporate limit of Lovettsville.
But the Planning Commission and the Agricultural District Advisory Committee have said both projects could make it difficult for farmers to get cattle and equipment across the roads, because traffic and speed would increase.
A hearing date will be set in the coming weeks.