HCPS middle school redistricting: Public input opportunities coming, new option added

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Members of the community have several opportunities in April and May to comment in person on draft options for the 2018-19 phase of Henrico Schools’ middle school redistricting process. The school division has also added a new draft option to the mix – Option D – and made some updates to existing options in response to feedback from the community and to incorporate the approved first phase of the two-year process.

How can I comment on the current options for the 2018-19 phase of the redistricting process?
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 School Board members, staff members and the redistricting consultant. Spanish and Arabic translators will be present.

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 detailed information about the most current options, can be found on HCPS’ website, at henricoschools.us/redistricting.

The Henrico County School Board made a decision at its monthly meeting on March 23 on the small-scale first phase of the two-year middle school redistricting process. With the 2017-18 shift decided, the process now focuses on draft options for more extensive 2018-19 changes.

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