Fairfax EDA to issue bonds to aid Flint Hill School expansion – Inside NoVA
The Board of Supervisors on April 9 unanimously authorized the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority to issue up to $26 million in bonds to help Flint Hill School in Oakton construct a new middle school.
Officials at non-profit Flint Hill School hope to break ground in May for the middle school, said Supervisor Linda Smyth (D-Providence).
Smyth’s eye for detail caught an errant passage in the board’s resolution that would have issued bonds for another private educational institution, the all-girls Oakcrest School.
Supervisors last fall approved the new middle school, which will be built on Flint Hill’s West Campus on Jermantown Road.
According to county documents, Flint Hill School has existing tax-exempt bonds that are outstanding with FCEDA and are being held by United Bank. The new financing will be subordinated to the existing debt, which is set to be retired in August 2025.
The new two-story middle school, designed by Bowie Gridley Architects, will be built into a hillside and feature atrium-like spaces, “project-based learning” areas and a multi-media production facility.
Once Flint Hill’s middle-school students move into the new facility from the East Campus, enrollment at the East Campus will drop from 700 to 500 students and increase at the West Campus from 700 to 800, for an overall net enrollment reduction of 100.