Letter: Heather Earley, Sterling Park

Editor: My husband and I are long-time Sterling Park residents. My husband is a Park View graduate, our oldest son graduated in 2022, and our youngest graduates from Park View in 2025. We’re familiar with the history and results of attempted renovations at the school.

We’ve seen our tax money poured into state-of-the-art schools throughout the county. Other schools received building additions, cafeteria expansions, larger gymnasiums and auditoriums, music and arts wings, and additional classroom space, while renovations at Park View have meant reducing the two-story library to one-floor to create small classrooms; classrooms divided with paper-thin walls to convert them into two, storage closets converted to classrooms, and the school store converted into storage space.

Students eat lunch in a cramped cafeteria, endure sweltering temperatures in classrooms, wait in excessive lines to use bathrooms that lack mirrors and inoperable toilets and sinks, and navigate overcrowded and unventilated stairwells and hallways that make daily maneuvering challenging and in the case of an emergency, gravely dangerous. The building is riddled with asbestos from the floor tiles to the glue securing chalkboards to walls. Considering these conditions, a safe renovation of Park View would take twice as long as a new build.

So why rebuild? Park View was built on a smaller piece of property than most of the schools in the county and is extremely limited in its ability to expand. A multilevel structure is the only way to provide a school that accommodates the existing and anticipated growing number of students.

Heather Earley, Sterling Park

4 thoughts on “Letter: Heather Earley, Sterling Park

  • 2022-09-09 at 9:15 am

    The FACT that you have to implore the entire Loudoun Community to help out one school is pretty clear evidence you can’t get any results from your school board representative. I doubt (from experience) that this would be a problem if Warren Geurin was still your representative. Aren’t you satisfied that the names of some of our highways and schools are being changed. Aren’t you glad boys can compete on girls teams as an apparent priority? Were you glad the school board closed schools completely even though the majority of parents voted to use a hybrid system? What happened to listening to constituents which for a school system are PARENTS? Maybe all parents will actually VOTE next time in local elections as these issues ARE IMPORTANT! 🙂

    • 2022-09-09 at 2:57 pm

      You know we’ve lost trans high-schoolers to suicide here in Loudoun County, right? So keep ringing the hate bell.

      • 2022-09-13 at 6:34 am

        Not sure what your comment has to do with building a new school or the above commenter. I’m sure there has been suicides or attempts by “normal” students also, so don’t act like it’s limited to teens “confused” about their sexuality/ identity.

  • 2022-09-09 at 9:20 pm

    Heather Earley & many others have challenged our conscience about Park View High. I agree wholeheartedly with those calling for an entirely new building. It’s long overdue. This is not a political issue. We can have a new Park View alongside properly-named highways, equitable sports policies & health-conscious classrooms. Best Wishes for Patriot Day Loudoun!

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