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Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 08/10/2010

Residents sue over closure of Clifton ES

By Washington Post editors

A group of Clifton area residents is suing the Fairfax County School Board for its decision to close Clifton Elementary school, one of the smallest and highest performing schools in the county.

The suit, filed Friday in Fairfax Circuit Court, alleges that the July 8 decision was arbitrary and capricious and that the School Board abused its discretion.

Board members said their vote to close the school was based on declining enrollment costs and high renovation costs. Parents disputed their projections and were seeking historic preservation funds to offset costs.

The soonest Clifton Elementary will close is after the coming school year, after the county reviews boundaries and enrollments in surrounding schools.

--Michael Alison Chandler

By Washington Post editors  | August 10, 2010; 12:53 PM ET
Categories:  Virginia  
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Excellent. Clifton, with its spectacular homes, pays the county a hefty sum. In return, they get no water, a volunteer fire department, no police within 30min response, all minor roads unplowed in snow, and all major roads unmaintained and destroyed by Prince William drivers. Without even a single elementary school, what are they left with for their participation? Nothing, a zero return. They should correct this themselves.

Clifton should erect 4 or so toll booths, with exemptions applying to Clifton residents, on Clifton Rd catching Henderson, catching Maple Branch, and catching commuters before town at Chapel and Newman, and Clifton rd past the elementary school ensuring no shortcuts without pay. Then, they should rebuild Clifton Elementary in the style of the FFX Gov't Center, the county administration's most vulgar achievement next to closing this school. Oh, and enjoy the smooth pavement and lighter traffic as a result.

Posted by: SonOfClifton | August 10, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Bravo Clifton parents! This arrogant school board has got to realize that their constituents (that include the Clifton attendance area, which you would never know based on School Board Member Liz Bradsher's actions) will not put up with any more "business as usual" from the school board. 3 lawsuits have been filed in as many years over their actions. They will be held accountable for their actions, one way or another. Bradsher, Smith, Gibson, Wilson, Strauss, Center and Storck have got to go!

Posted by: TexasGirl1 | August 10, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't Clifton just secede and run its own schools? Stop associating with those dirty Fairfaxites.

Posted by: jiji1 | August 10, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I live in Fairfax city, I always presumed Clifton was incorporated, why don't they?

As for bang for the buck, you are in a low density area competing for county $s against VERY high density areas, and you will loose every single time. It is sad but that is how it works. :-(

Posted by: Ben1482 | August 12, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

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