Community celebrated new high school at groundbreaking ceremony
Posted on 05/30/2019
Elected officials and Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Walts pose with shovels and hard hats at groundbreaking

Local elected officials joined School Board members and Superintendent Dr. Steve Walts for the “13th” High School’s groundbreaking ceremony on May 30. The school, which will be officially named at a later date, is set to open in the fall of 2021.

“This new high school will be a School of Global Citizenship, organized into ‘instructional houses.’ These houses will each have their own concentrations and thematical pathways to meet students’ interests and needs as learners,” shared Superintendent Dr. Steve Walts.

School Board Chairman Babur B. Lateef, M.D., elaborated, “Students will select their own path by entering one of three instruction houses. These houses are the ‘Science in Action’ House, ‘Science, Math, Engineering, and Computer Science’ House, and the ‘Independent Studies’ House.”

The Gainesville Middle School Women’s ensemble performed “Danny Boy” at the groundbreaking, under the direction of Xochilt Melendez Munguia.

Deputy Superintendent Keith Imon, Delegate Lee Carter, School Board member Gil Trenum, and Board of County Supervisor Janine Lawson, also shared a few words during the ceremony, prior to donning hardhats and grabbing the groundbreaking shovels.

Dignitaries who attended included Delegate Lee Carter (50th District); Delegate Danica Roem (13th District) School Board Chairman Babur B. Lateef, M.D., Gainesville School Board member Alyson A. Satterwhite; Brentsville School Board Member Gil Trenum; and Board of County Supervisor Jeanine M. Lawson (Brentsville District).

The address for the school will be 13150 University Boulevard, Gainesville, Virginia. The school is designed by Mosley Architects, and is contracted with Dustin Construction. Mr. Roger Wilder of the PWCS Construction Office is the project manager.