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Thomas Jefferson High School could get major facelift

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A Fairfax County school could soon get a makeover.

The $90 million plan would update Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, bringing it into the 21st century. Principal Dr. Evan Glazer says the building is long overdue for a facelift. The last renovation was made more than 20 years ago.

"The way in which we operate classes is much different than how we did then, Glazer said. 

The design would add a new science lab, classrooms and 100,000 square feet to the campus.

Right now, more than 1,800 students are crammed into aging classrooms and mobile units.

"Our school has been operating underneath a school system that is of the 21st century, but in the body of a school form 1964," Glazer explained.

The $90 million bill would be split among Fairfax County and neighboring jurisdictions. Thomas Jefferson is a regional school, which means almost 20 percent of the student body lives outside Fairfax County.

Glazer says if those other district don't pay, students from Loudoun, Arlington and other school systems may no longer be welcome at the science and technology school.

"New students couldn't be admitted from those participating districts, and the change then would be additional students from Fairfax County," he added.

The school system added that nothing is set in stone and county has not made any formal proposal to neighboring school boards. The Fairfax County School Board must now decide on a construction contract, which could happen as soon as Thursday

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