20 acre lot purchased for 14th high school

The Prince William County School Board on Wednesday, Feb. 17, approved the purchase of this 20-acre site near Minnieville and Telegraph roads for the 14th high school.

Prince William County has apparently found a home for its 14th high school.

Without comment Wednesday evening, the Prince William County School Board approved the purchase of one 20-acre parcel near Minnieville and Telegraph roads for the new high school, which is set to open in 2025.

The school board agreed to pay $2,718,198 for the parcel at 13205 Telegraph Road. It was most recently assessed in 2020 for $1.44 million, according to Prince William County land records.

The school board had not yet mentioned the purchase of the land during the school board meeting, which began at 7 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 17.

A total of seven parcels of land are needed for the new high school, according an item on the school board’s agenda.

The purchase marks a change in plans for the 14th high school, which was initially slated to be built near Prince William County Parkway and Hoadly Road. In May 2019, the school board approved an effort to take a parcel in that area of the county via eminent domain.

That site met opposition from area residents who opposed having a high school adjacent to their semi-rural neighborhoods of mostly upscale homes off Prince William Parkway. The former site bordered the neighborhoods of Bren Forest, the Reserve at Hunters Ridge and Trey Woods.

At its new location, the new high school will be the first to be built in that area of Woodbridge since the early 1970s. The closest high schools to the site are Woodbridge Senior and Gar-Field high schools, both of which were built in the 1970s. 

The school division is opening its newest high school, Gainesville High School, this August. It is being built behind Jiffy Lube Live on University Boulevard in Gainesville.

Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School opened along Va. 234 in the mid-county area in 2016. Prior to that, Patriot High School opened in Nokesville in 2011.

It’s not clear why the school division switched gears on the location for the site of the new high school, but it has always been planned to relieve expected overcrowding in eastern Prince William County high schools.

School division officials could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday evening.

This is a developing news story. Stay with Prince William Times.com for updates.

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Epistilographos

Very confusing and perplexing choice. First, paying $1.3 million over the assessed value? How come? Second, I understand that Telegraph Road is supposed to be widened to four lanes, but when will that happen to relieve the congestion? Telegraph Road already accommodates the Ebenezer Church, the commuter lots, the intersection with Caton Hill Road with traffic heading to and from Target and Prince William Parkway and Potomac Mills, so why jam a new high school with 2500 students, faculty and staff into this mix? Third, I seriously doubt that twenty acres will be enough, so what does the board plan to do now?

Hawkeye10

Instead of building the Lidl and the affordable housing project to it down the street on Minnieville Road, they should have planned earlier to acquire that land for a new HS on the eastern side.

Thus far, they are only 1/5 of the ways wherer they need to be, if this current site they were only able to acquire 20 acres. They might as well just build a new HS with no athletic amenities to go with it, keep it strictly academic because how are they going to acquire the rest of the land?

Further, its a terrible location for a new HS from a traffic congestion standpoint. The H.S, probably wont even go there, or maybe they shouldnt have made that deal with Gourmet Foods International to build the warehouse down the street, there was probably more acreage on that site for a H.S. Look at all the acres that were needed for the new elementary school behind Chinn. Its a great location, but its a lot of acreage for an elementary school. And they are able to sustain traffic congestion in that area. More high school students are going to opt for virtual learning as is. So, to be continued but in my opinion, they would have to do away with athletics if this is all the acreage they are going to acquire.

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