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With Saudi school headed to Herndon area, Mt. Vernon site use is uncertain
by Antonio Olivo
A Saudi government-funded Islamic school in Northern Virginia is moving to a larger location near Dulles International Airport, creating an opportunity for a new community center or other development in the Mount Vernon area of Fairfax County.
The Islamic Saudi Academy has operated inside the former Mount Vernon High School since 1985. It plans to move next year to a school being built about 35 miles away, closer to the growing Muslim community in western Fairfax and nearby Loudoun County.
Because that site, just outside Herndon, is already zoned for school use, no hearings were required for the move, said Fairfax County Supervisor Michael R. Frey (R-Sully,) who represents the area where the school is being built.
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