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Board members say the boundaries need to be cleaned up, but detailed work lies in the future.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Roanoke education officials are moving forward with a handful of minor elementary school attendance boundary revisions.
While no action was taken, the Roanoke School Board once more talked about potential changes to “clean up” attendance zones and plan to talk in detail about the moves at the school board meeting next month. The board is also expected to eventually set a date and time for at least one public hearing on the matter.
The board first discussed the possible changes at its board retreat in August. At that time officials said they were trying to address streets that were split or situations where the school a child lives within sight of is not the school he or she attends.
According to the information presented during a work session Tuesday, the moves would affect about 30 students. The proposed changes would also likely require two slight changes to middle school attendance boundaries to keep the elementary and middle schools aligned, which would affect two students.
Board Chairman Todd Putney said he wants to hear from people in the affected areas and work through any issues, hopefully making a decision later this year.
Any changes wouldn’t go into effect until next school year at the earliest. Officials will also be tasked with deciding whether to grandfather students into the changes.
The most significant change would be in the area of Forest Hill Avenue, where 13 students would move from Round Hill Elementary to Preston Park Elementary School.
The second-largest move would shift six students from Wasena Elementary School to Highland Park Elementary School because they are within sight of Highland Park.
Board member Suzanne Moore said the only concern she had was that Preston Park had 50 additional students enrolled this year and was worried about adding more students there.
“As we grandfather, we might look at overcrowding as a condition,” she said.
The discussions Tuesday were part of a continued effort to have a five-year review of attendance boundary changes.
The school board redrew attendance zones in 2009 for the first time since 1971. The 1970s-era boundaries were part of a court-ordered desegregation plan and had become severely outdated.
The board meets next on Oct. 8.
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