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Board to start Middleburg charter school application

The Loudoun County School Board last week offered a sign of hope for the survival of the county’s oldest and smallest school with a vote to initiate a request to convert Middleburg Elementary into a charter program.

The school is the first in Loudoun to present an application for a charter program since a state law took effect in July. The law says charter applications initiated by a local school board are not subject to an initial review by the state Board of Education. Community members hoped that the Loudoun School Board would agree to initiate the application and bypass the preliminary state review. At the School Board meeting Tuesday, their request was granted.

School Board member Jeff Morse (Dulles) proposed the motion to initiate the application, which he said represented an important step in the evolution of the rapidly growing school system.

“This is a great opportunity for us,” Morse said. “It’s just one more element of a choice in education that we’re going to be able to provide to the children and the families of Loudoun County.”

Payment of Leesburg property tax bills due Oct. 7

Leesburg officials recently mailed 2013 personal property tax bills to taxpayers, and payment is due to the town by Oct. 7. In addition to the tax, taxpayers also pay a $25 annual license fee.

Residents should not remove the permanent decals from their vehicles.

The statement encouraged taxpayers to avoid waiting at the Leesburg Town Hall by paying online, mailing their payments or paying by phone. Questions about Leesburg tax bills or payment options can be answered at, by phone at 703-771-2726 or via e-mail at

Next HomeCents seminar scheduled for Sept. 25

The next Loudoun County HomeCents seminar, a free event designed to give recent and prospective homebuyers an opportunity to discuss real estate, is Sept. 25.

Administered by the Department of Family Services and held quarterly, the seminar will cover budgeting, home maintenance, insurance, taxes and homeowners associations, and local services and resources.

The seminar will be from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Shenandoah Room at the Department of Family Services, 102 Heritage Way NE, Leesburg. The registration deadline is Sept. 24. For information or to register, contact Antwaun Jackson at 703-737-8213 or

— Compiled by Caitlin Gibson

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