Public hearing set for March 16 on first phase of proposed middle school redistricting for Henrico Schools

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The Henrico County School Board will hold a public hearing on March 16 at Glen Allen High School to get feedback – on the first phase only – of a proposed redistricting process for HCPS middle schools. The first phase would take effect for the 2017-18 school year and would affect a small number of students entering Hungary Creek Middle School. A second proposed phase would be more comprehensive and would take effect for the 2018-19 school year.

In response to overcrowding at Hungary Creek, a small number of students – perhaps 30 to 50 – would attend a new school in fall 2017. The new school has not been decided, nor have the affected areas of Hungary Creek’s attendance zone. No current middle or high school students will be moved to a new school zone in the redistricting process. Draft redistricting options for all phases will be presented to the Board on March 9 and will be available on Henrico Schools’ website March 10 at http://henricoschools.us/redistricting/.

While this public hearing is intended only to hear feedback on options for the smaller 2017-18 changes, there will be ample opportunities later to comment on options for the more comprehensive 2018-19 plan, including a May 11 public hearing.

Community members are encouraged to sign up in advance to speak at the public hearing. To sign up, call the clerk of the School Board at 804-652-3808. A sign-up sheet will be available at the meeting, but there may be more speakers than allotted time. Each speaker will have three minutes to make comments. Organized neighborhoods are asked to designate a spokesperson; that person would make remarks and then ask those in attendance who agree with the expressed views to stand as a show of their support.

What: Public hearing on the proposed 2017-18 phase of HCPS’ middle school redistricting process
When: Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Where: Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, Va., 23060