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Part 1: "It's a mess."

George Mason's supervised study teacher Diane Harrington's opinion of the school's current condition does not stand alone.

Throughout Falls Church City, it is widely understood that George Mason High School is aging and the students need a new school. Mason is seriously suffering from lack of available space, and the school district has taken notice. "FCCPS Pushing for Newer Facilities," an article on the official school website, states that FCCPS is "aiming to renovate or replace the deteriorating George Mason High School Building" and has called this its "number one infrastructure priority."

But this is not the priority of everyone.

In a letter published in the February 12-18 edition of the Falls Church News-Press, Lou Mauro, a substitute teacher at Mason from 2004-2010 and a Falls Church resident, outlined his dissenting opinion.

"There is absolutely no need for a new high school," said Mauro.

Mauro's letter detailed how GM could be transformed to avoid completely rebuilding, and said that "an additional 20 - 22 or more classrooms could be created within the existing structure [of Mason] without the necessity of major construction."

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WeeklywordStarting this week, The Lasso is proud to introduce a new editorial feature: The Weekly Word. Each week, a member of the Lasso Editorial Board will comment on an issue that is relevant to the students at George Mason High School. We strive to present a student-oriented opinion about topics big and small that matter to all of Mustang Nation.

Every summer, the juniors/seniors of the Mustang Ambassadors club at George Mason host an orientation for the incoming freshmen class of students to welcome them, give a tour of the school, and answer any questions they might have.

I don't remember much from my tour, over five years ago now; in fact I only remember one thing: "Don't step on it." Four short words my Mustang Ambassador, Ben Tran, told my group on that summer morning.

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Meet the teacher who once worked with Michael Jordan, a budding fashion blog star, the football coach with the heart of gold, and the woman who really runs the show at George Mason!

Click on the photo to read the full story!

 

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