COMMENT/SURVEY: 2018-19 Comprehensive Redistricting Proposal with Updated Options

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Welcome to our page dedicated to keeping you informed about Henrico County Public Schools redistricting for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years! Please check back regularly to see the latest developments.

  • Henrico County Public Schools is embarking on two important projects at the middle school level. The school division is proposing to open a new academy for gifted students in the fall of 2018 at L. Douglas Wilder Middle School. Additionally, the number of students at Hungary Creek Middle School has exceeded the school’s capacity. As a result, a two-year redistricting project is underway. The project will involve up to seven middle school attendance zones, including Brookland, Fairfield, Holman, Hungary Creek, Moody, Short Pump and Wilder middle schools and the elementary schools that feed into them. Students who are currently in middle school or high school will not be impacted by redistricting.

    The project is taking place in phases over the next two school years, and public involvement is vital before any decisions are made! The primary way to share your feedback electronically is to click on the green buttons on this page.

    2017-18 plan:
    A small pocket of Hungary Creek Middle School’s attendance area will be moved 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. Sixty-eight fifth-graders at Springfield Park and Longan elementary schools will be affected, and those families will receive detailed information about the change. Affected students would not be moved again as part of the 2018-19 changes, and the redistricting process will not affect current middle or high school students. You can see the affected pocket on this map, outlined in red at lower right. 

    2018-19 proposal:
    All other school boundary adjustments would not be implemented until the fall of 2018. Several draft proposals will be offered for consideration by the public and the Board, and those may change in response to feedback. HCPS staff members will recommend that students who will be sixth-graders in fall 2018 (current fourth-graders) in the remaining identified areas begin the 2018-19 school year attending the newly zoned middle school.

UPDATE: May 10, 2017

At the May 11 School Board work session, school division staff will present some modifications to middle school redistricting Option D. HCPS staff is calling this draft of changes “Option D Adjusted.” If the Board decides that Option D Adjusted should move forward for consideration with the other options, the online survey and interactive map will be updated Friday, May 12 to reflect this adjusted option. For details on the additional options now under consideration, including Option A (Adjusted), Option C and Option D, scroll down. 

  • Proposed Option D Adjusted

    Is your neighborhood subdivision included in the current draft redistricting options? View this list.*

    *Please note that the list only refers to subdivisions and may not include some apartments or townhomes. Please contact the HCPS Department of Research and Planning at the phone number or email address above if you need assistance.

    Option D (Adjusted) Map
    Estimated Poverty Rates by Option
    Estimated Number of Students Affected`
    Redistricting Option Middle School Forecasts
    Redistricting Option High School Forecasts
    Redistricting Plan Community Survey Comments received from April 5 – May 5, 2017

     

    Pros

    • Hungary Creek MS gets necessary capacity relief.
    • L. Douglas Wilder MS is able to accommodate the new gifted program.
    • Springfield Park ES feeds entirely into Holman MS (formerly split between Holman MS and Hungary Creek MS).
    • Shady Grove ES feeds entirely into Short Pump MS (formerly split between Holman MS and Short Pump MS).
    • Echo Lake ES split between Holman MS and Hungary Creek MS is more balanced.
      • Current split (K-5): 24% Holman / 76% Hungary Creek Option D Adjusted split (K-5): 38% Holman / 62% Hungary Creek
    • Area sent from Wilder MS to Fairfield MS is closer to Fairfield MS and improves transportation efficiency.
    • Impacts a comparable number of students as Option A Adjusted.
      • Number of student impacted = 636
    • Estimated poverty rates for 4 of the 7 middle schools get closer to the district overall percentage.

    Cons

    • Longan ES is split between Holman MS and Hungary Creek MS.
      • Option D Adjusted split (K-5): 33% Holman MS / 67% Hungary Creek MS
    • Rivers Edge ES splits between Holman MS and Short Pump MS (currently feeds entirely into Holman MS).
      • Option D Adjusted split (K-5): 55% Holman MS / 45% Short Pump MS
    • Glen Allen ES is split between Holman MS and Hungary Creek MS.
      • Option D Adjusted split (K-5): 23% Holman MS / 77% Hungary Creek MS
    • Laburnum ES splits between Moody MS and Wilder MS, although the split is balanced.
      • Option D Adjusted split (K-5): 36% Moody MS / 64% Wilder MS
    • Chamberlayne ES split is less balanced between Brookland MS and Wilder MS
      • Current split (K-5): 59% Brookland MS / 41% Wilder MS Option D Adjusted split (K-5): 83% Brookland MS /17% Wilder MS
    • Fairfield MS is split between Henrico HS and Highland Springs HS.
      • Option D split (6-8): 7% Henrico HS / 93% Highland Springs HS
    • Holman MS feeds 3 High Schools (Deep Run, Glen Allen, Tucker) in Option D. No change in high school feeder patterns would be recommended for this area.
      • 13% Tucker HS 41% Glen Allen HS 46% Deep Run HS
    • Twin Hickory ES area that is in non-transportation zone for Short Pump MS stays assigned to Holman MS, requiring bus transportation.
    • Moody MS is split between Hermitage HS and Henrico HS in Option D Adjusted, but the split is more balanced than Option A Adjusted.
      • Option D Adjusted split (6-8): 24% Henrico HS / 76% Hermitage HS
    • Short Pump MS is split between Deep Run HS and Glen Allen HS in Option D Adjusted.
      • Option D Adjusted split (6-8): 87% Deep Run HS / 13% Glen Allen HS

    Option D middle-to-high-school feeder pattern effects (additional splits)

    • Holman MS shift adds third split to Tucker HS.
    • Short Pump MS is split between Deep Run HS and Glen Allen HS
    • Moody MS is split between Hermitage HS and Henrico HS.
    • Fairfield MS is split between Henrico HS and Highland Springs HS.

 

UPDATE: April 28, 2017

At its April 27 work session, the School Board heard a presentation on progress for middle school redistricting for the 2018-19 school year. The HCPS Research and Planning Department, along with CropperGIS Consulting, has been analyzing public feedback received from April 5-23; feedback can still be submitted by clicking on the Comment/Survey button on this page.

Of the survey respondents, 73 percent live in the Holman MS zone, 19 percent in the Short Pump MS zone and 7 percent in other middle school zones.

Staff members and the consultant talked about some option changes that had been suggested via public feedback. These ideas were carefully considered, but if adopted would affect almost 500 more students than current options. For this reason, HCPS staff members and the consultant recommended that the changes not be incorporated into the redistricting options.

Board members asked that, in the next few weeks, staff members and the consultant explore some other specific changes to current options that were suggested by members of the community.

Find out more about the current options – Option A (Adjusted), Option C and Option D – by scrolling down.

What’s next?

  • Staff members and CropperGIS Consulting will continue to tweak existing options, develop possible new options and explore some specific changes about which the Board had questions.
  • The online feedback survey (the Comment/Survey button on this page) will continue to be available.
  • There will be a redistricting public hearing May 11 from 6-7:30 p.m. at New Bridge Auditorium, 5915 Nine Mile Road. This event will have 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.
  • The Board will carefully consider the available options before deciding when to vote on a plan for the 2018-19 school year, and if it would be helpful to have further public feedback events beyond the May 11 public hearing.

INTERACTIVE MAP (beta version): Check out a test version of a new interactive HCPS redistricting map! Type in your address on the map, then turn different layers on and off to see how various options would affect your neighborhood. Please keep in mind that this map may not work on all browsers and devices, and is a supplement to the PDF maps included with the option descriptions below.

 

Current Options:

  • Is your neighborhood subdivision included in the current draft redistricting options? View this list.*

    *Please note that the list only refers to subdivisions and may not include some apartments or townhomes. Please contact the HCPS Department of Research and Planning at the phone number or email address above if you need assistance.

    Option A (Adjusted) Maps (2 pages)
    Estimated Poverty Rates by Option
    Estimated Number of Students Affected
    Option Membership (Enrollment) Forecast Tables

    Option A (Adjusted)
    Beginning with the 2018-19 school year:

    • All students at Shady Grove ES and half of students attending Twin Hickory ES would attend Short Pump MS.
    • More Echo Lake ES students would attend Holman MS.
    • The northern part of Glen Allen Elementary School’s attendance area would attend Holman MS.
    • Some areas now zoned for L. Douglas Wilder MS would attend Brookland MS and Moody MS.
    • All Brookland MS students would continue to attend Hermitage HS; this includes those in newly zoned Brookland attendance areas.

    Pros:

    • Hungary Creek MS would get necessary relief from overcrowding.
    • L. Douglas Wilder MS would be able to accommodate the new gifted program.
    • Shady Grove ES would feed entirely into Short Pump MS (formerly split between Holman and Short Pump middle schools).
    • The Echo Lake ES split between Holman MS and Hungary Creek MS would be more balanced.
      • Current split (K-5): 24 percent Holman/76 percent Hungary Creek
      • Option A (Adjusted) split (K-5): 38 percent Holman/62 percent Hungary Creek
    • The Twin Hickory ES community located behind Short Pump MS would be assigned to Short Pump MS (that area currently attends Holman MS). This improves transportation efficiency.
    • Springfield Park ES would feed entirely into Holman MS (formerly split between Holman and Hungary Creek middle schools).
    • Estimated poverty rates for five of the seven middle schools would be closer to the overall percentage for the school division.

    Cons:

    • Twin Hickory ES would be split between Holman MS and Short Pump MS, although the split is balanced.
      • Option A (Adjusted) split (K-5): 49 percent Holman MS/51 percent Short Pump MS
    • Longan ES would be split between Holman MS and Hungary Creek MS.
      • Option A (Adjusted) split (K-5): 33 percent Holman MS/67 percent Hungary Creek MS
    • Glen Allen ES would be split between Holman MS and Hungary Creek MS.
      • Option A (Adjusted) split (K-5): 23 percent Holman MS/77 percent Hungary Creek MS
    • Laburnum ES would be split between Moody MS and Wilder MS, although the split is balanced.
      • Option A (Adjusted) split (K-5): 36 percent Moody MS/64 percent Wilder MS
    • Moody MS would be split between Hermitage HS and Henrico HS.
      • Option A (Adjusted) split (6-8): 24 percent Henrico HS/76 percent Hermitage HS
    • Holman MS would feed into 3 high schools (Deep Run, Glen Allen and J. R. Tucker) in Option A (Adjusted). No change in high school feeder patterns would be recommended for this area.
      • 13 percent J.R. Tucker HS
      • 56 percent Glen Allen HS
      • 30 percent Deep Run HS
    • Some areas that would be moved out of L. Douglas Wilder MS (to Moody MS) are closer to Wilder MS.
    • Area that would be moved from Wilder MS/Henrico HS to Brookland MS/Hermitage HS would be less efficient in terms of transportation.
    • Wilder MS estimated poverty rate would stay above 70 percent, although the new gifted program is not included in the estimate.
    • Highest option for number of students affected:
      • Number of students affected = 618

    Effects of Option A (Adjusted) middle-to-high-school feeder pattern (additional splits):

    • Moody would be split between Hermitage HS and Henrico HS.
    • Holman shift would add a third split to J.R. Tucker HS.
  • Is your neighborhood subdivision included in the current draft redistricting options? View this list.*

    *Please note that the list only refers to subdivisions and may not include some apartments or townhomes. Please contact the HCPS Department of Research and Planning at the phone number or email address above if you need assistance.

    Option C Maps (2 pages)
    Estimated Poverty Rates by Option
    Estimated Number of Students Affected
    Option Membership (Enrollment) Forecast Tables

    Option C 
    Beginning with the 2018-19 school year:

    • All students at Shady Grove ES and half of students attending Twin Hickory ES would attend Short Pump MS.
    • Springfield Park ES students would attend Holman MS.
    • Some Longan ES students would attend Holman MS.
    • Students in the future River Mill development would attend Brookland MS and Hermitage HS.
    • Some students currently zoned to attend Wilder MS would attend Moody MS and Fairfield MS.

    Pros:

    • Hungary Creek MS would get more relief  from overcrowding than in other options.
    • L. Douglas Wilder MS would be able to accommodate the new gifted program.
    • A large future residential development, River Mill, would be moved to the Brookland MS zone. Currently, no students live in this area.
    • Assigning the River Mill development to Brookland MS would be more efficient for transportation than keeping that development in the Hungary Creek MS attendance area, where it is currently zoned to attend.
    • The Twin Hickory ES community located behind Short Pump MS would be assigned to Short Pump MS (that area currently attends Holman MS). This improves transportation efficiency.
    • Shady Grove ES would feed entirely into Short Pump MS, instead of being split between Holman MS and Short Pump MS.
    • Springfield Park ES would feed entirely into Holman MS, instead of being split between Holman MS and Hungary Creek MS.
    • Area that would be sent from Wilder MS to Fairfield MS is closer to Fairfield MS, so this option would improve transportation efficiency.
    • Affects the fewest number of students:
      • Number of students affected = 558
    • Estimated poverty rates for four of the seven middle schools would be closer to the overall percentage for the school division.

    Cons:

    • Longan ES would be split between Holman MS and Hungary Creek MS.
      • Option C split (K-5): 33 percent Holman MS/67 percent Hungary Creek MS
    • Laburnum ES would be split between Moody MS and Wilder MS, although the split is balanced.
      • Option C split (K-5): 36 percent Moody MS/64 percent Wilder MS
    • Chamberlayne ES would be split among three middle schools.
      • Option C split (K-5): 59 percent Brookland MS/24 percent Moody MS/17 percent Wilder MS
    • Fairfield MS would be split between Henrico HS and Highland Springs HS.
      • Option C split (6-8): 7 percent Henrico HS/93 percent Highland Springs HS
    • Holman MS would feed into three high schools (Deep Run, Glen Allen and J.R. Tucker) in Option C. No change in high school feeder patterns would be recommended for this area.
      • 15 percent J.R. Tucker HS
      • 51 percent Glen Allen HS
      • 34 percent Deep Run HS
    • Moody MS would be split between Hermitage HS and Henrico HS in Option C, but the split is more balanced than Option A (Adjusted).
      • Option C split (6-8): 31 percent Henrico HS/69 percent Hermitage HS

    Effects of Option C middle-to-high-school feeder pattern (additional splits):

    • Holman MS changes would add a third split to J.R. Tucker HS.
    • Moody MS would be split between Hermitage HS and Henrico HS.
    • Fairfield MS would be split between Henrico HS and Highland Springs HS.
  • Is your neighborhood subdivision included in the current draft redistricting options? View this list.*

    *Please note that the list only refers to subdivisions and may not include some apartments or townhomes. Please contact the HCPS Department of Research and Planning at the phone number or email address above if you need assistance.

    Option D Map (1 page)
    Estimated Poverty Rates by Option
    Estimated Number of Students Affected
    Option Membership (Enrollment) Forecast Tables

    Option D
    Beginning with the 2018-19 school year:

    • Some Rivers Edge ES students would attend Short Pump MS
    • Springfield Park ES students would attend Holman MS.
    • Some Longan ES, Echo Lake ES, and Glen Allen ES students would attend Holman MS.
    • Some students currently zoned to attend Wilder MS would attend Moody MS and Fairfield MS.

    Pros:

    • Hungary Creek MS would get necessary relief from overcrowding.
    • Wilder MS would be able to accommodate the new gifted program.
    • Springfield Park ES would feed entirely into Holman MS (formerly split between Holman MS and Hungary Creek MS).
    • The Echo Lake ES split between Holman MS and Hungary Creek MS would be more balanced.
      • Current split (K-5): 24 percent Holman MS/76 percent Hungary Creek MS
      • Option D split (K-5): 38 percent Holman MS/62 percent Hungary Creek MS
    • The area that would be sent from Wilder MS to Fairfield MS is closer to Fairfield MS and would improve transportation efficiency.
    • The option would affect a similar number of students as Option C.
      • Number of student affected = 581
    • Estimated poverty rates for four of the seven middle schools would be closer to the overall percentage for the school division.

    Cons:

    • Longan ES would be split between Holman MS and Hungary Creek MS.
      • Option D split (K-5): 33 percent Holman MS/67 percent Hungary Creek MS
    • River’s Edge ES would be split between Holman MS and Short Pump MS (currently feeds entirely into Holman MS).
      • Option D split (K-5): 48 percent Holman MS/52 percent Short Pump MS
    • Laburnum ES  would be split between Moody MS and Wilder MS, although the split is balanced.
      • Option D split (K-5): 36 percent Moody MS/64 percent Wilder MS
    • Chamberlayne ES would be split among three middle schools.
      • Option D split (K-5): 59 percent Brookland MS/24 percent Moody MS/17 percent Wilder MS
    • Fairfield MS would be split between Henrico HS and Highland Springs HS.
      • Option D split (6-8): 7 percent Henrico HS/93 percent Highland Springs HS
    • Holman MS would feed into three high schools (Deep Run, Glen Allen, J. R. Tucker) in Option D. No change in high school feeder patterns would be recommended for this area.
      • 12 percent J.R. Tucker HS
      • 37 percent Glen Allen HS
      • 51 percent Deep Run HS
    • The Twin Hickory ES area that is in a non-transportation zone for Short Pump MS would stay assigned to Holman MS, requiring bus transportation.
    • Moody MS would be split between Hermitage HS and Henrico HS in Option D, but the split would be more balanced than Option A (Adjusted).
      • Option D split (6-8): 31 percent Henrico HS/69 percent Hermitage HS
    • Short Pump MS would be split between Deep Run HS and Glen Allen HS in Option D.
      • Option D split (6-8): 84 percent Deep Run HS/16 percent Glen Allen HS
    • Glen Allen ES would be split between Holman MS and Hungary Creek MS.
      • Option D split (K-5): 23 percent Holman MS/77 percent Hungary Creek MS

    Effects of Option D middle-to-high-school feeder pattern (additional splits):

    • Holman MS shift would add a third split to J.R. Tucker HS.
    • Moody MS would be split between Hermitage HS and Henrico HS.
    • Fairfield MS would be split between Henrico HS and Highland Springs HS.

If you need further assistance interpreting information on this page, please call the HCPS Department of Research and Planning at 804-652-3830 or email boundaries@henrico.k12.va.us. Business hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.

Please note that redistricting is a fluid, evolving process that may continue to change during the period of public input and review. This is typical of any redistricting process.

Check out the April 27 presentation to the School Board on the latest in the redistricting process.

The presentation materials include an analysis of a recent public survey on redistricting options.

Watch a video of the April 27 update to the School Board:

 Public Hearing
2018-19 modifications
May 11
6-7:30 p.m.
New Bridge Learning Center
5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223

 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 also be available at the meeting, but there may be more speakers than allotted time. Each speaker will have three minutes to make comments. 

  • April 5, 2017: Some updates to options for the larger 2018-19 redistricting phase became available, as well as a completely new draft option – Option D. The new possibilities were added in response to community input and incorporate the approved first phase of the redistricting project.

    The three draft options are an adjusted version of Option A; Option C; and the newly created Option D. 

     The three options arrived in time for a community input session April 6 at L. Douglas Wilder Middle School, an informal open-house-style event. Members of the public dropped by, saw maps of proposed options displayed in the gym and discussed the draft options with School Board members, staff members and the redistricting consultant.

    At its March 23 monthly meeting, the Henrico School Board selected Option C for the 2017-18 first phase of the two-year middle school redistricting process. Sixty-eight rising students from Springfield Park and Longan elementary schools will be shifted from Hungary Creek to Holman in the fall of 2017, and those families will receive detailed information about the change. Affected students will not be moved again as part of the 2018-19 changes, and the redistricting process will not affect current middle or high school students. You can see the affected pocket on this map, outlined in red at lower right. 

    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. At its earlier afternoon work session, the Board heard an update presentation on redistricting from HCPS staff regarding the results of a public survey on the 2017-18 small-pocket options, along with a summary of comments received via email and at a public hearing. 

    On March 16, the School Board heard from members of the community at a public hearing on the proposed 2017-18 phase of the redistricting process. The public hearing was held at Glen Allen High School. You can hear audio from the public hearing on the BoardDocs website, which contains archives of agendas from School Board meetings and work sessions. Click on “Meetings,” then “March 16, 2017,” “View the Agenda,” and then on the “Public Hearing” link at left.

    On March 9, HCPS staff members and CropperGIS Consulting presented several draft redistricting proposals to the Henrico County School Board.

  • OPTION A

    Option A Maps (4 pages)
    Estimated Poverty Rates by Option
    Estimated Number of Students Affected

    2017-18 phase (small-area proposal) – not selected
    This proposal, which was not selected by the School Board, would have moved a small pocket of students at Echo Lake ES and Glen Allen ES to Holman Middle School’s attendance zone beginning in 2017-18. It would have affected about 41 current fifth-graders.

    2018-19 phase (comprehensive proposal)
    Beginning with the 2018-19 school year:

    • All students at Shady Grove ES and half of students attending Twin Hickory ES would attend Short Pump MS.
    • More Echo Lake ES students would attend Holman MS.
    • The northern part of Glen Allen Elementary School’s attendance area would attend Holman MS.
    • Some areas now zoned for L. Douglas Wilder MS would attend Brookland MS and Moody MS.
    • All Brookland MS students would continue to attend Hermitage HS; this includes those in newly zoned Brookland attendance areas.

    Some pros and cons of Option A, as presented by HCPS staff members and CropperGIS Consulting:

    OPTION A
    Pros:

    • Hungary Creek MS gets some capacity relief.
    • Wilder MS is able to accommodate HCPS’ new gifted program.
    • Shady Grove ES feeds entirely into Short Pump MS (formerly split between Holman and Short Pump middle schools).
    • The Echo Lake ES split between Holman MS and Hungary Creek MS is more balanced. (The current split is 24% Holman/76% Hungary Creek; the Option A split would be 38% Holman/62% Hungary Creek)
    • Area sent from Hungary Creek MS to Holman MS (northern part of boundary) is more efficient in terms of transportation as opposed to Option C.
    • Twin Hickory Elementary School students who live in the community behind Short Pump MS would be assigned to Short Pump MS (currently zoned to Holman MS), which improves transportation efficiency.
    • A portion of the plan can be implemented in 2017-18 without moving students more than once.
    • Interim shifts are designed to give Hungary Creek MS immediate relief. (Option A rising 2017-18 sixth-graders: 41)
    • Estimated poverty rates for six of the seven middle schools move closer to division’s overall percentage.

    Cons

    • Twin Hickory ES is split between Holman MS and Short Pump MS, although the split is balanced. (The Option A split is 49% Holman MS/51% Short Pump MS.)
    • Glen Allen ES is split between Hungary Creek MS and Holman MS, although the split is balanced. (The Option A split is 61% Holman MS/39% Hungary Creek MS.)
    • Laburnum ES is split between Moody MS and Wilder MS, although the split is balanced. (The Option A split is 36% Moody MS/64% Wilder MS.)
    • Moody MS is split between Hermitage HS and Henrico HS. (The Option A split is 24% Henrico HS/76% Hermitage HS.)
    • Some areas moved out of Wilder MS (to Moody MS) are closer to Wilder MS.
    • Moving area from Wilder MS/Henrico HS to Brookland MS/Hermitage HS is less efficient in terms of transportation.
    • Wilder MS estimated poverty rate stays above 70 percent, although the new gifted program is not included in the estimate.

    Additional effects of Option A on middle-to-high-school feeder pattern:

    • Moody MS is split between Hermitage HS and Henrico HS.

    OPTION C

    Option C Maps (4 pages)
    Estimated Poverty Rates by Option
    Estimated Number of Students Affected

    2017-18 phase (small-area plan) – selected by School Board
    This proposal, which was selected by the School Board on March 23, assigns all Springfield Park ES students and some students at Longan ES to Holman Middle School’s attendance zone beginning in 2017-18. This affects 68 current fifth-graders.

    2018-19 phase (comprehensive proposal)
    Beginning with the 2018-19 school year:

    • All students at Shady Grove ES and half of students attending Twin Hickory ES would attend Short Pump MS.
    • Springfield Park ES students would attend Holman MS.
    • Some Longan ES students would attend Holman MS.
    • Students in the future River Mill development would attend Brookland MS and Hermitage HS.
    • Some students currently zoned to attend Wilder MS would attend Moody MS and Fairfield MS.

    Some pros and cons of Option C, as presented by HCPS staff members and CropperGIS Consulting:

    OPTION C

    Pros:

    • Hungary Creek MS gets greater capacity relief than Option A.
    • Wilder MS is able to accommodate the new gifted program.
    • Future large residential development (River Mill) moved to Brookland MS zone. This wouldn’t affect any current students.
    • River Mill development going to Brookland MS would be more efficient for transportation than keeping this area zoned for Hungary Creek MS, where it is currently zoned to attend.
    • Twin Hickory ES students living in community behind Short Pump MS would be assigned to Short Pump MS (currently zoned to Holman MS), which improves transportation efficiency.
    • Shady Grove ES feeds entirely into Short Pump MS (formerly split between Holman MS and Short Pump MS).
    • Springfield Park ES feeds entirely into Holman MS (formerly split between Holman MS and Hungary Creek MS).
    • Larger portion of Holman MS feeds into J.R. Tucker HS than in Option B. (14.8% J.R. Tucker HS, 51.4% Glen Allen HS, 33.7% Deep Run HS)
    • Portion of the plan can be implemented in 2017-18 without moving students more than once. Interim shifts are designed to give Hungary Creek MS immediate relief. Option C rising 2017-18 sixth-graders: 68
    • Area sent from Wilder MS to Fairfield MS is closer to Fairfield MS and improves transportation efficiency.
    • Affects fewest number of students among the two options, although only 36 fewer than Option A. Number of students affected: 558
    • Estimated poverty rates for four of the seven middle schools get closer to the division’s overall percentage.

    Cons:

    • Longan ES is split between Holman MS and Hungary Creek MS. (The Option C split is 33% Holman MS/67% Hungary Creek MS.)
    • Laburnum ES is split between Moody MS and Wilder MS, although the split is balanced. (The Option C split is  36% Moody MS/64% Wilder MS.)
    • Fairfield MS is split between Henrico HS and Highland Springs HS. (The Option C split is 7% Henrico HS/93% Highland Springs HS.)
    • Holman MS feeds 3 high schools (Deep Run, Glen Allen, J.R. Tucker). (The Option C split is 14.8% J.R. Tucker HS, 51.4% Glen Allen HS, 33.7% Deep Run HS.)
    • Moody MS is split between Hermitage HS and Henrico HS in Option C, but the split is more balanced than Option A. (The Option C split is 31% Henrico HS/69% Hermitage HS.)
    • Area sent from Hungary Creek MS to Holman MS (southern part of boundary) is less efficient in terms of transportation as opposed to Option A.

    Additional effects of Option C on middle-to-high-school feeder pattern:

    • Holman MS shift adds third split to Tucker HS.
    • Moody MS is split between Hermitage HS and Henrico HS.
    • Fairfield MS is split between Henrico HS and Highland Springs HS.

Additional Information:

  • The timeline for the two-phase middle school redistricting process; please note that the schedule is subject to modification as needed, although every effort will be made to minimize changes.

    Significant steps in the redistricting processDateLocationTime
    School Board update: Overview of processThursday, Feb. 23, 2017New Bridge Auditorium
    5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223
    3 p.m.
    School Board update: Presentation of draft redistricting optionsThursday, March 9, 2017New Bridge Auditorium
    5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223
    2 p.m.
    Public hearing on draft redistricting options for areas of proposed movement for Hungary Creek MS in fall 2017 (small-area modifications)Thursday, March 16, 2017Glen Allen High School
    10700 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, Va. 23060
    6-7:30 p.m.
    School Board update: Presentation of recommendations and approval of areas of proposed movement for Hungary Creek MS in fall 2017 (small-area modifications)Thursday, March 23, 2017New Bridge Auditorium
    5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223
    Work Session 2 p.m.
    Meeting 6:30 p.m.
    Community input session on fall 2018 draft redistricting options (more comprehensive modifications)Thursday, April 6, 2017New Location!
    L. Douglas Wilder Middle School

    6900 Wilkinson Road, Henrico, Va. 23227
    6-7:30 p.m.
    School Board update: Presentation of community input on fall 2018 draft redistricting options (The School Board may direct HCPS staff to modify options.)Thursday, April 27, 2017New Bridge Auditorium
    5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223
    1 p.m.
     School Board update: Presentation of modified fall 2018 draft redistricting options (if needed)Thursday, May 11, 2017 New Bridge Auditorium
    5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223
    2 p.m.
     Public hearing on fall 2018 draft redistricting optionsThursday, May 11, 2017Location determined:
    New Bridge Auditorium
    5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223
    Time determined:
    6-7:30 p.m.
    School Board update: Presentation of recommended fall 2018 redistricting plan and approval of fall 2018 boundary changesThursday, May 25, 2017New Bridge Auditorium
    5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223
     To be determined
  • 2017-18 phase (small-area plan)

    On March 23, the School Board decided on the small-scale first phase of a two-year middle school redistricting process. The Board voted to 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. Sixty-eight fifth-graders at Springfield Park and Longan elementary schools will be affected.

    Staff members will also recommend that if those families of affected rising sixth-grade students have older students in middle school, those students could also attend the new middle school; this would let families avoid having students in two different middle schools at once. School transportation will be provided during the phase-in of the plan.

    2018-19 phase (comprehensive proposal)

    All other approved school boundary adjustments will be implemented for the 2018-19 school year. Students who change schools during the limited 2017-18 boundary shifts would not be moved again for the more comprehensive 2018-19 plan, and those areas would not be rezoned in the larger-scale plan.

  • This redistricting project has three phases:

    Phase 1. Data Collection and Analysis
    Phase 2. Option Development
    Phase 3. Public Input and Potential Option Revision

    Phase 1 – Data Collection
    Henrico County Public Schools has a variety of data available to support the redistricting project. The school division maintains enrollment data and has obtained development data from the Henrico County Planning Office and from developers. Data collected for this redistricting project include:

    • Fall 2016 enrollment data
    • Student counts by school census tract
    • Student yield counts for new development
    • Feeder pattern information
    • Student program participation counts (eg., special education, IB, gifted)

    As data are collected, it is integrated into a geographic information system (GIS) to enable the consultant and HCPS staff members to analyze and develop options. The reports are provided as background documents for review on the HCPS website and are used to develop draft redistricting options.

    Phase 2 – Option Development
    HCPS has contracted with Cropper GIS (http://croppergis.com/) to manage the redistricting process. Cropper GIS specializes in demographic and facility planning for K-12 school systems, cities, counties and federal agencies. They have performed hundreds of redistricting studies and believe community input and participation is vital in a successful process.

    Cropper GIS, in consultation with school division planning staff, will develop draft-option scenarios using available data to achieve the redistricting study goals. The consultant and HCPS staff members will then share options publicly with the Henrico School Board for review. HCPS will gather community input and use it to revise options or develop new ones. The consultant and HCPS staff members will again share modified or new options with the School Board, and a public hearing will be held to collect additional input from stakeholders. Further modifications to the draft options may be made before a final recommendation is presented. The Henrico School Board will approve any school boundary changes.

    What are the roles of each stakeholder in the process?

    General Public:

    • Keep informed through website and public School Board meetings
    • Submit input though an online form, email, letter and other means
    • Attend and participate in community-input meetings and public hearings

    School Board:

    • Identify goals for the project
    • Communicate community input to redistricting consultant/division staff
    • Conduct public hearing for redistricting proposal
    • Approve any school boundary changes

    HCPS staff:

    • Provide data to the consultant and assist with option development
    • Communicate with stakeholders
    • Maintain web updates and notifications throughout the process

    Redistricting consultant (Cropper GIS):

    • Analyze data with HCPS staff to develop redistricting options
    • Present options to the Henrico School Board and public along with analysis of effects on enrollment and feeder patterns
    • Facilitate community-input meetings
    • Review and analyze stakeholder input on options throughout the process

    Phase 3 – Public Input and Potential Option Revision
    Community input is a vital component in the redistricting process. The School Board, HCPS staff and the redistricting consultant look to the community to provide contextual input on draft redistricting options. There will be multiple opportunities for the community to provide input, including:

    • Online comment forms/surveys
    • Emails, letters and petitions
    • Community-input session(s)
    • Public hearing(s)

    Data will be available throughout the process on the HCPS website, in order to provide the community with the materials needed to give informed feedback, and to maintain transparency. Public comments will help HCPS staff members and the consultant modify options or develop new ones.

    Throughout the process, the focus of communication will be on helping the community participate in developing a high-quality final redistricting plan.

    What communication strategies will be used in the process?

    HCPS website: Information about the project will be posted here for the public. This includes but is not limited to relevant data, meeting presentations and tabulations related to community input. The website is the main informational resource for the general public.

    Online Comment/Survey Form:  Stakeholders are encouraged to use the online comment/survey form available on the HCPS website to provide input on the redistricting options or the general process. Using the online form will let HCPS staff members and the consultant efficiently analyze the comments for trends and reporting purposes.

    Email: The project’s email address is boundaries@henrico.k12.va.us  and can be used to provide general comments about the process.

    Voice communication, social media, mailing and backpack flyers: A variety of methods will be used to inform the community of redistricting events, opportunities to participate, and general progress.

    Public meetings: The public will be invited to get information and provide input and feedback through a minimum of two open meetings. Other opportunities for public input will be provided as needed as the project progresses.

  • Specific contiguous school-attendance zones may be included in the redistricting project because of one or more of the following reasons:

    • Their need for enrollment relief due to student growth or instructional programming change.
    • Their zone configuration and proximity to schools needing enrollment relief.
    • Their available capacity.

    The project is focused on the attendance zones of the seven middle schools below. The scope is limited to these seven schools to minimize disruption to the broader community; to address critical needs in a concentrated area; and to reduce possible disruptions to school feeder-patterns that may need to be addressed.

    Brookland, Fairfield, and Moody: These schools are contiguous to Hungary Creek and/or L. Douglas Wilder Middle Schools and may have available space to allow adjacent attendance zones to be reconfigured, in order to address overcrowding in the area.

    (Brookland’s feeder schools are Chamberlayne, Dumbarton, Holladay, Johnson, Longdale and Trevvett.)

    (Fairfield’s feeder schools are Adams, Ashe, Harvie, Highland Springs and Ratcliffe.)

    (Moody’s feeder schools are Holladay and Lakeside.)

    Holman: The Holman zone lies between the Short Pump and Hungary Creek attendance zones and may help address overcrowding at adjacent schools as boundaries are reconfigured.

    (Holman’s feeder schools are Colonial Trail, Echo Lake, Rivers Edge, Shady Grove, Springfield Park and Twin Hickory.)

    Hungary Creek: Hungary Creek has enrollment above the schools’ capacity and new development will continue to contribute to overcrowding. The school will benefit from having its boundaries adjusted to address overcrowding.

    (Hungary Creek’s feeder schools are Echo Lake, Glen Allen, Greenwood, Longan and Springfield Park.)

    Short Pump: Short Pump has available space to support boundary adjustments in the area and is adjacent to Holman Middle School.

    (Short Pump’s feeder schools are Colonial Trail, Kaechele, Nuckols Farm and Shady Grove.)

    L. Douglas Wilder: In fall 2018, Wilder is slated to host a countywide academy for gifted students. When the program is fully phased in, the school will serve an additional 300 students. Because space will be needed to support the program, boundary adjustments are needed to prevent overcrowding.

    (Wilder’s feeder schools are Chamberlayne, Glen Lea, Harvie, Laburnum and Ratcliffe.)

  • A look at HCPS middle school enrollment:

    SchoolCapacity2016 enrollment2016 enrollment-to-capacity
    ratio
    2017 enrollment projection2017 enrollment-projection-to-capacity
    ratio
    Brookland1,3541,03476.4 percent1,08880.4 percent
    Fairfield1,3481,01175 percent1,02476 percent
    Holman1,05893087.9 percent92687.5 percent
    Hungary Creek9861,092110.8 percent1,148116.4 percent
    Moody1,2061,01884.4 percent1,03585.8 percent
    Short Pump1,23880965.3 percent83367.3 percent
    L. Douglas Wilder98277478.8 percent76377.7%

    Based on current enrollment data, planned development and instructional needs, the redistricting project will focus on three goals:

    1. Provide programming space for the academy for gifted students at L. Douglas Wilder Middle School.
    2. Provide relief for overcrowding at Hungary Creek Middle School, which is currently above capacity.
    3. Explore opportunities to reduce the concentration of poverty among those middle schools involved in the redistricting process, while maintaining a community-school concept.
  • This table shows the enrollment adjustments needed to both relieve overcrowding at Hungary Creek Middle School and create space for a countywide gifted academy at L. Douglas Wilder Middle School.

    The last column – “Approximate Targeted NET Adjustment” – shows either the number of students who would need to be removed from a school to meet a target (the yellow-shaded rows) or the number of students that a school could add before it reaches 90 percent capacity through the 2021-22 school year.

    MIDDLE SCHOOLEnrollment 2016-17Gifted Program Adjustment by 20202Functional CapacityUtilizationEnrollment Target
    (90 percent of Capacity)
    Approximate Targeted NET Adjustment1
    BROOKLAND1,034 1,35476.4 percent1,219185
    FAIRFIELD1,011 1,34875 percent1,213202
    HOLMAN930 1,05887.9 percent95222
    HUNGARY CREEK1,092 986110.8 percent887-205
    MOODY1,018 1,20684.4 percent1,08567
    SHORT PUMP809 1,23865.3 percent1,114305
    WILDER77430098278.8 percent884-190
    1“Approximate Targeted Net Adjustment” shows number of students exceeding the targets for relieving overcrowding at a school (yellow-shaded rows), or the number of students that a school can add before it goes over 90 percent.
    2Gifted program adjustment for Wilder MS will be phased in with 100 rising sixth-graders beginning fall 2018. An additional 100 students per year will be phased in through 2020, totaling 300 students at full implementation of the program.
  • Some common objectives and guidelines are used whenever HCPS conducts redistricting studies.

    Objectives
    Henrico Schools keeps four major objectives in mind when establishing school boundaries:

    1. To make efficient use of present and planned school facilities. To do this, HCPS looks at:
      • Current and projected student population growth within school census tracts and school zones.
      • Plans for new school construction.
      • Feasibility of facility expansion and/or renovation to provide comparable educational facilities.
      • Special programs at a particular school building that may have different space needs than typical classes. (Some special program classrooms, for example, typically have fewer students than classrooms arranged in a more traditional format.)
    2. To further the grade-level goals of elementary schools (K-5), middle schools (6-8) and high schools (9-12).
    3. To maintain the concept of geographic zoning for schools, which encourages the participation and involvement of geographically contiguous communities.
    4. To provide all students the best physical learning environment possible through the uniform and equitable use of facilities according to the division’s educational program needs.

    Procedural Guidelines

    Guidelines used when attendance zones are changed:

    HCPS tries to ensure the continuity of a child’s K-12 progress. This continuity seeks to avoid having a family with children in two different schools at the same educational level, except for the placement of children in special programs.

    Implementing a rezoning plan over several years is preferable if it minimizes the need for additional boundary changes for a community in the near or immediate future. (e.g., the possibility of phasing in certain changes to avoid additional changes when new school construction is completed.)

    HCPS tries to use major roads and natural boundaries  whenever feasible to define attendance zones.

    The school division makes all reasonable efforts to ensure that geographic zones are contiguous and that clearly identifiable community components, such as apartment units or subdivisions, are kept together if possible.

    All legal and judicial guidelines for the maintenance of a unitary school system are strictly adhered to.

    HCPS tries to establish zones where students can walk to school where possible.

    Henrico Schools tries to create attendance zones that work efficiently with the transportation system provided by the school division.

For questions or additional information, please contact the Henrico County Public Schools Department of Research and Planning at 804-652-3830.

To follow the latest developments in the process, you may also check BoardDocs to view upcoming discussions as well as past presentations. You can also visit our Middle School STEAM integration page to keep up with the gifted academy at Wilder and the integration of STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math – concepts across all HCPS middle schools.

COMMENT/SURVEY: 2018-19 Comprehensive Redistricting Proposal with Updated Options