July 9, 2010
The Fairfax County School Board has voted to close the only school in Clifton after months of opposition from residents.
The earliest Clifton Elementary School will close is after the next school year. Children might be sent to surrounding schools, or the school board could choose to build a school nearby.
Students at the school do well on tests, but the building is not attached to a public water supply and its wells have tested positive for contaminants. Officials say it will cost about $11 million to renovate the building - about the same amount it would cost to build a larger school elsewhere.
Parents say the school is a centerpiece of their tiny town and that they'd rather have fewer renovations than have no school at all.