Board chooses Option C for 2017-18 phase of middle school redistricting; Public input set for larger 2018-19 phase

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The Henrico County School Board made a decision at its monthly meeting on Thursday on the small-scale first phase of a two-year middle school redistricting process. The Board chose Option C for the first phase, which will move a small pocket of Hungary Creek Middle School’s attendance area to Holman Middle School starting in fall 2017. The move is designed to reduce overcrowded conditions at Hungary Creek, and will only apply to students who are currently in fifth-grade or younger.

The redistricting process now shifts to the larger-scale 2018-19 phase, which would affect more HCPS middle schools. While the small-pocket part of Option C was chosen for the 2017-18 phase, the more sweeping Option C proposal is just one option being considered for the 2018-19 phase, along with Option A.

Where is the pocket and how will affected families be notified?small pocket of Hungary Creek middle school that will be moved to Holman middle school fall 2017.
The pocket affected by the Board’s move is a small area north of West Broad Street where Gaskins and Hungary roads intersect with Springfield Road. Sixty-eight rising students from Springfield Park and Longan elementary schools will be shifted from Hungary Creek to Holman, and those families will receive detailed information about the change and next steps shortly. Affected students would not be moved again as part of the 2018-19 phase.

What’s next?
With the 2017-18 shift decided, the process will now focus on draft options for more extensive 2018-19 shifts. The new Hungary-Creek-to-Holman pocket move will be reflected on maps for the drafts of 2018-19 Option A and 2018-19 Option C, as the public and School Board consider those next-phase possibilities.

How can I comment on the larger-scale 2018-19 options?
There are two in-person events specifically designed for public input:

  • At an informal open-house-style community input session April 6 from 6-7:30 p.m. at L. Douglas Wilder Middle School (6900 Wilkinson Road), members of the public can drop by, see maps of proposed options displayed in the gym and discuss the draft options with staff members and the redistricting consultant.
  • A public hearing May 11 from 6-7:30 p.m. at New Bridge Auditorium (5915 Nine Mile Road) will be a more formal format with an agenda that will include a chance for members of the community to address the Board. Each person’s remarks will be limited to three minutes.

Community members are also encouraged to weigh in by using the online survey/comment form. The form, along with news and resources related to the process, can be found on HCPS’ website, at henricoschools.us/redistricting.

The redistricting process will not affect current middle or high school students.