LOUDOUN COUNTY, VIRGINIA – For only the second time in the county’s history, Loudoun County Public Schools will operate an intermediate school to get over an enrollment hump until a new high school can open.
While the planned Dulles-area middle school still awaits a name, the Loudoun County School Board on Tuesday hired the company to build it.
The construction contract for the school referred to as MS-7 has been awarded to Winchester-based Howard Shockey & Sons Inc. for $51.19 million.
The company has built several Loudoun County schools, including Madison’s Trust Elementary School and Tuscarora High School. Shockey is currently working on Brambleton Middle School, set to open in August.
The School Board awarded the bid unanimously without any discussion. Shockey’s was the lowest of four bids, all of which fell within $2.7 million of each other.
MS-7 will be built on land off Braddock Road, near Aldie. The design calls for a two-story, 184,593-square-foot building with room to house 1,350 students. The school is designed by MFTA Architecture.
In 2018, MS-7 will serve as an intermediate school, meaning it will house grades eight and nine, while sixth and seventh graders attend Mercer Middle School, and 10th through 12th graders attend John Champe High School.
It will transition to a typical middle school starting in the fall of 2020, when a new high school, HS-9, opens.
Source: Loudoun Now, Danielle Nadler