F.C. Council Unanimous In 1st Vote To OK School Bond Referendum

The Falls Church City Council Monday night gave a swift and unanimous vote to approve a process that will lead to a public referendum for the City of Falls Church this November seeking voter approval for a $15.6 million bond referendum to fund improvements and expansions of the Mt. Daniel Elementary School, coming in the face of unprecedented enrollment growth.

The referendum would ask voter approval for the bond, which would be used for $1 million in improvements in the current fiscal year, $8 million in Fiscal Year 2015 and $6.6 million in FY 2016 to complete. The money would be used to fill out to the maximum the capacity for expansion of the school on its current location, though some have argued the primary K-1 school should relocate to allow for a wider expansion in the future.

Voters will be asked to approve the project even as plan for even more robust school expansion projects at the City’s other schools — Thomas Jefferson Elementary, Henderson Middle School and George Mason High School — are queuing up for expansionary plans of their own.

A second and final Council vote of approval on this November’s referendum is scheduled for its July 14 public meeting.