Back to school in Stafford

On September 2nd over 26,500 students across Stafford County will return to their classrooms to begin the new academic year.  Stafford County is the second fastest growing county in the Commonwealth of Virginia but it maintains its family-oriented suburban community feel and its commitment to educational excellence.  Over 82% of those graduating from Stafford County schools plan to continue their education beyond high school.  The Stafford County School Board has adopted a strict enforcement policy for its Code of Conduct.  This policy contributes to a safe and encouraging learning environment for all students from kindergarten through high school. 

The school system continues to improve its facilities and build new, state of the art schools to accommodate the ever changing needs of the population.  This year the county will open the new Shirley C. Heim Middle School on Telegraph Road in Stafford.  There had been a heated debate early in 2008 over whether or not it would be best to have it remain closed.  Amidst the county’s budget woes associated with the economy and slow-down in the housing market, the School Board voted 6-1 to open the school as planned.  This $27M project is just the latest example of the commitment of Stafford County to the education of our children.

The Stafford Education Foundation, a non-profit organization working directly with the school system, supports teachers, staff members and students by providing student scholarships and grants to students who exemplify excellence, instructional enrichment by providing grants for unique equipment, instructional materials or learning experiences, professional skills enhancement and development and employee recognition programs.  This unique organization provides an additional resource to the staff and students throughout the Stafford system.

 As the kids go back to school please remember to watch out for the children around the school buses as well as those who walk the neighborhoods to get to school each day.  Remember to keep your sidewalks clear of hazards (and temptations) and your pets fenced in or inside to help keep the kids and pets, safe.  Have a great school year!


Irene Morales Ward, Northern Virginia Real Estate

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