Frances Hazel Reid Elementary School and Smart's Mill MiddleSchool are scheduled for completion for the 2003/2004 and 2004/2005school years, respectively. "We hope to start building by the endof the summer to make that tight deadline," Loudoun County PublicSchools information officer Wayne B. Byard shares with"We've already done the geological surveys and are ready togo."

Construction will cost about $29 million. Loudoun County paid abelow market price of nearly $1.4 million, or $20,000-per-acre, forthe school site formerly known as the O'Connor property. Developershad been hoping to get their hands on the land for years. Theseller was the local O'Connor family, which has owned theproperty--part of the family's 422-acre Dry Hollow Farm--since the18th Century.

About 800 students will attend the elementary school, which willbe about 84,100 sf in size with a multi-purpose gymnasium, outdoorcourts and athletic fields. The middle school campus willaccommodate nearly 1,200 students in its 160,000-sf structure, andwill feature two gymnasiums, a 442-seat auditorium, outdoor courtsand athletic fields.

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