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Saratoga Elementary School opened on September 5, 1989. Later that day our first principal, Garry L. McClincey, sent a note home to parents stating, “We proudly opened with 866 students, local and county video cameras, and a visit from Dr. Spillane, Fairfax County Public Schools’ Superintendent. We look forward to working with you and your family during this school year.”
A Sprawling School
Saratoga Elementary School was designed by the architecture firm of Beery, Rio & Associates, and was built by the Patton Harris Rust Construction Company for approximately $8 million. In July 1987, two full years prior to Saratoga’s opening, the Springfield Connection newspaper reported that “the sprawling, two story, 36-classoom school will be called Saratoga Elementary. A special education center is planned for the first floor of the building, including five classrooms, a resource room, art and music labs, and a small gymnasium. Also planned on the first floor are several general education classrooms, a large library, a multi-purpose room, a cafeteria, a theater, and a music room. The second floor will hold general education classrooms, computer rooms, another theater, a speech therapy classroom, and a classroom for the learning disabled.” Originally, Saratoga’s special education center had its own principal, but today that role is delegated to one of Saratoga’s assistant principals.
In 1989-90, the cost of a school lunch was $1.25, and a half-pint of milk only cost 35 cents!
Did you know that Saratoga’s School Song was written by students? A competition to craft the school song was held in the spring of 1990, and the winning song was written by Mrs. Mannarino’s 5th Grade Class.
What's in a Name?
Learn about the origin of our school's name in this video produced for Fairfax County Public Schools’ cable television channel Red Apple 21.
|1989 – 1998:||Garry L. McClincey|
|1998 – 2015:||Patricia Conklin|
|2015 – 2019:||Amy Miller|
|2020 – Present:||Erica Loesch|