UPDATE: PWC School Board Schedule to Address 14th High School

A PWC School Board member has notified The Hunters Ridge HOA that the School Board WILL NOT address the location of the 14th high school at its Wednesday, September 18th meeting as was originally thought to be the plan. They are, however, very likely to address it at the Wednesday, October 2nd meeting. As soon as the HOA has more detail it will be reported here sufficiently in advance of the meeting. Individuals who wish to express their views to either School Board members or Planning Commissioners should do so well-in-advance of the October 2nd meeting. Contact info can be found in the post below.

Summary of 8/15/19 Community Meeting to Discuss PWC Schools Proposed 14th High School Location

The HOA sponsored a meeting held on August 15th at the Buckhall VFD to discuss the ramifications of PWC Schools’ proposal to locate a new high school on the Parkway adjacent to Hunters Ridge. A total of 68 residents attended in response to a community-wide invitation. In addition, several important guest speakers attended including Willie Deutsch, current Coles District School Board member and Yesli Vega (R) and Raheel Sheikh (D), both candidates for the Coles District Board of Supervisors vacancy.

The meeting was opened with introductory comments and welcoming by HOA President Delton Nichols at 7:00 p.m. The HOA Board and the invited guests were introduced.

Nick Nicolosi, HOA Treasurer, provided the near-final results of a survey that was conducted by the HOA to determine the level of community support for the proposed 14th high school’s location. At the time of the meeting 46% of the community had responded to the survey and, with the exception of one resident, were overwhelmingly opposed to the location. Nick then discussed the related issues and activities the HOA Board has pursued thus far. That discussion included details on the process the PWC School Board, Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors would follow in reviewing and approving this targeted Parkway location or any other location.

At this point, the three quest speakers were given the opportunity to offer their views and opinions on the proposed high school’s location and impact on Hunters Ridge. None expressed support for the proposed location on the Parkway. Mr. Deutsch explained the School Board’s likely schedule to decide on continuing to pursue the Parkway site. That schedule is likely to be in September. The School Board meets on September 4th and 18th. Agendas have not yet been finalized. A text alert will be distributed when the exact date is determined.

Jim White, HOA VP, moderated the question and answer segment of the agenda. The general tone and sentiment of the questioners was their disappointment and anger over the lack of transparency used by the School Board thus far in the process. They also expressed repeatedly their concern for traffic congestion. They also questioned the impact (contamination) on Hunters Ridge water wells as a result of school construction. At a policy level, several residents were puzzled as to why a high school intended to relieve demand on the County’s eastern end was being proposed in mid-county. Finally, the attendees wanted to know what they could do individually, outside the efforts of the HOA, to voice their opposition to the proposed location and their disappointment in the process. Jim explained that each resident could reach out individually and the HOA would provide contact info. That info is provided below.

The final agenda segment was “Next Steps” moderated by Del Nichols. After thanking residents for their attendance he quickly summarized that collectively we needed to: (1) Meet with, or contact, School Board members on an individual basis to voice opposition to the 14th high school’s proposed location; (2) Encourage large community turnouts at relevant School Board and Planning Commission meetings, and; (3) Familiarize ourselves with other opportunities to become relevant in the review process for this site.

The meeting adjourned at 9:40.

PWC School Board Contact Info

Babur Lateef, MD Chairman-at-Large 571-353-5469, blateef@pwcs.edu
Justin Wilk, Vice Chairman, Potomac District, 703-791-8709, jwilk@pwcs.edu
William Deutsch, Coles District, 571-251-4039, wdeutsch@pwcs.edu
Lillie Jessie, Occoquan District, 571-659-1636, ljessie@pwcs.edu
Diane Raulston, Neabsco District, 571-251-3467, draulston@pwcs.edu
Alyson Satterwhite, Gainesville District, 571-268-1733, asatterwhite@pwcs.edu
Gil Trenum, Brentsville District, 571-722-8874, gtrenum@pwcs.edu
Loree Williams, Woodbridge District, 571-242-8259, lwilliams@pwcs.edu

PWC Planning Commission Info

Don Taylor, At-Large, windyknoll2@gmail.com
Patti McKay, Brentsvile District, pattmckay@msn.com
Austin Haynes, Jr., Coles District, aah.issues@gmail.com
Richard Berry, Gainesville District, riccar1110@aol.com
Edgar Holley, Neabsco District, ebholley@gmail.com
William Milne, Chairman, Occoquan District, occoquanpc@gmail.com
Rene Fry, Vice Chairman, Potomac District, potomacpc@verizon.net
Cynthia Moses-Nedd, Woodbridge District, planningwoodbridge@gmail.com

Fall 2019 Community Picnic Canceled

The Hunters Ridge HOA Board of Directors unanimously voted, at the the August monthly meeting, to cancel the community picnic for 2019. The picnic is normally held in October. This action is required to cover some unexpected HOA expenses the Board has identified. Specifically, the County has mandated additional maintenance requirements at HOA owned holding ponds. Also, we anticipate unbudgeted expenses related to addressing the community’s interest in the recently announced possible 14th high school abutting Hunters Ridge. Suspending the picnic will save approximately $3,000 this year. The picnic will be considered for reinstatement in 2020.

New Recycling Rules

Effective immediately Prince William County has imposed the following restrictions for recycled material on Charlie and Son, our trash and recycling hauler and, accordingly, on us as users of their services. For more information on the County’s decision please refer to http://www.pwcgov.org/news/pages/Immediate-Changes-to-Recycling-in-the-County.aspx

Acceptable recyclable materials

  • Clean #1 and #2 plastic. If uncertain on these codes, search “recycling categories” on the internet. Material must be clean. If not, dispose as routine trash. Charlie & Son will not clean for you.
  • Clean aluminum and tin
  • Mixed paper to include newspapers and cereal boxes.
  • Cardboard, but no section larger than 2’ x 2’. Must be able to fit in recycle bin.

Unacceptable material for recycling

  • Glass of any type
  • #3, #4, #5, #6 and #7 plastic.  

Litter is Everyone’s Concern

This winter has included several windy days and, unfortunately, these days have occurred on recycle Mondays. This exacerbates an already ongoing litter problem that Hunters Ridge experiences. The HOA is not staffed to collect this litter and the cost to contract to have the litter collected would raise annual dues considerably. With this in mind, residents are encouraged to pick up litter when they see it whether it’s in their yard or not. They are also encouraged to weigh down recyclables on recycle Mondays when wind is expected. Refilled water bottles work very well. Please help the HOA in keeping Hunters Ridge free of litter.