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Catholic School Controversy: Paul VI Parents Petition to Halt Move to Loudoun

Opponents hoping school rethinks 2020 exit from Fairfax City.

Catholic School Controversy: Paul VI Parents Petition to Halt Move to Loudoun. Screencapture
Catholic School Controversy: Paul VI Parents Petition to Halt Move to Loudoun. Screencapture
Parents and Fairfax community members are petitioning the Diocese of Arlington Office of Catholic Schools, asking the church to reconsider relocating Paul VI Catholic High School to a new campus in Loudoun County. The school announced late last year that it was leaving its Fairfax City home.

The message on a new change.org petition asks the diocese to "work with alumni and elected officials of Fairfax City and County to find a viable way to keep Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax."

After two days, the petition has more than 100 signatures. And a related Facebook page has double that number of followers.

The new campus would replace the school’s existing Fairfax City location at 10675 Fairfax Blvd. The relocation wouldn’t occur until about 2020, officials said.

What do you think of the school's big move? Tell us in the comments below!

“A new PVI campus would be a larger, state-of-the art school facility that would further strengthen its heritage as a leading Catholic high school," Sister Bernadette McManigal, Superintendent of Schools for the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, stated in a press release in December.

Fairfax City Mayor Scott Silverthorne told Patch at the time that he views this as a big loss for the city.

"I am very disappointed in the Archdiocese's decision," he said. "I fought hard to try to get them to stay."


Sally Sense February 06, 2014 at 08:24 PM
The campaign "Keep PVI in Fairfax" is directed to the Diocese of Arlington Office of Catholic Schools who made the decision and announcement to move to Loudoun County. We encourage conversation with the school leaders and community leaders as well in the decision making process.
Sally Sense February 08, 2014 at 06:54 PM
The Keep PVI in Fairfax community would like the Diocese of Arlington to answer some questions regarding the planned move. For example: If space is an issue with the current enrollment, why is building a second school in Loudoun County not an option? What would it take to renovate the current location to meet future needs? What concessions would the city need to make so that you will consider staying in Fairfax City? Will you consider dialog with the families effected by this planned move before proceeding or is this a done deal? As far as we are aware, all communication has been ignored.

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