Updated story: Aug. 16 at 1:45 p.m.

Leesburg boundaries push for another day in court

By Laura Peters

Loudoun Times-Mirror Staff Writer

Both CL19 and CL5 zoning districts said their closing arguments before Judge Thomas Horne today, along with Loudoun County Public School’s counsel, Julie Judkins.

According to Horne, he will take the weekend to make his decision in the case. A final verdict will be made Aug. 20 at 9 a.m.

Original story

Leesburg residents of the school boundaries CL19 and CL5 didn’t see any resolve to their court cases that started Tuesday.

Four witnesses took the stand Wednesday for the local boundaries issue that has been brewing since late last year.

The case will continue Thursday.

Organized by resident Eric Dekenipp, the residents of cluster CL19 first outlined their concerns in a request to the Loudoun County School Board, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, Potomac Station Home Owners Association and state Sen. Mark Herring (D-33rd) late last year.

The topic stems from the past school board who came to a decision in December to adopt the Bergel Plan 2 Amended, which split the children living in zone CL19 between the new Frederick Douglass Elementary School and John W. Tolbert Jr. Elementary School.

Represented by John Whitbeck, Dekenipp appeared before Loudoun County Circuit Court Judge Thomas D. Horne Aug. 14, the start of their two-day trial. Also appearing before Horne was Michael Petkovich representing Jeremy Acker, part of the CL5 (Beacon Hill) zone. Both Whitbeck and Petkovich are pursuing cases against Loudoun County Public School’s counsel Julie Judkins and Stephen DeVita.

According to Whitbeck and Petkovich, one of the major concerns in the case is the process the previous School Board went through to vote on the Leesburg school boundaries.

The CL19 and CL5 trial will continue Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

For more information about this case click here.

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