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Clifton Elementary School parents lose Supreme Court appeal

Principal Renee Miller talks to students, including Bella Burton Gradel, at Clifton Elementary School. The school will close June 21. (Dayna Smith/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

The school was built in 1953, in one of Fairfax’s last rural outposts, and residents told The Post’s Freddy Kunkle that it was the social hub of the community. But the school board felt it would be too expensive to renovate the school, which with a capacity of 374 students is one of the smaller public schools in the region.

Still, the parents passionately believed in fighting for the school, and sued the school board. Fairfax Circuit Court Judge Dennis J. Smith upheld the board’s decision in December, and the state Supreme Court upheld Smith on Friday. The school’s last day is June 21.

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.


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