Aldie, Va. — The Loudoun County Public School system, which is the first major school system in Northern Virginia to return from summer break, is often cited as one of the fastest-growing school districts in Virginia. In total, the student body is expected to swell by a few thousand students this year to more than 83,000.
Willard Intermediate School is being opened temporarily to reduce overcrowding in two other schools. Willard will combine the 8th grade from Mercer Middle School and the 9th grade from John Champe High School. This is only the second time Loudoun County has opened an intermediate school. It’s a temporary solution until Lightridge High School opens in 2020.
Built for 1,350 students, Willard Intermediate School utilizes the “house” concept for each grade and will include classrooms, a media center, cafeteria, auditorium, gymnasium, auxiliary gymnasium and three unlighted outdoor physical education fields. The estimated 180,000 square foot building serves students in grades 6 through 8.
Contractor: Howard Shockey & Sons, Winchester, VA
Architect: MTFA Architecture, Arlington VA
Civil Engineer: Rinker Design Associates, P.C., Manassas, VA
Source: WTOP. (Original story by Jack Moore available here.)