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."