"Of course I'm disappointed,” Hill said. “With regard to the Open
Meetings Law violation, rather than asking Judge Alden to follow
previous court decisions, we were essentially asking her to make law by
further refining what constitutes a conversation via email. I understand
that she had to make a tough call on that issue and took a conservative
As parents of a rising fourth grader and kindergartner in the Clifton
Elementary school district, we decided to drive over to their new
"community" elementary school at Oak View in Fairfax. After crossing two
major highways — Routes 7100 and 123, and two towns over, we noticed
that we were passing Fairview Elementary School.
On July 8, the Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) Board's decision to close Clifton Elementary School (CES) was based on three stated premises — each of which has proved to be wrong, now that we know more facts.
Years ago, newspaper editors would verify submissions to their papers. This resulted in editorials and opinion pieces that provided factual information while affording differing views. No pun intended, but "Times" have certainly changed. Today many op-ed articles are indeed full of opinion, but too often these articles lack factual information.
As a huge portion of Fairfax County will be subjected to school boundary changes in the next nine months, parents should know how one School Board member manipulated her constituents to target one of the county's top-performing schools. Clifton Elementary's closure wasn't about water, topography, declining population, educational specifications or geothermal roofs.