At its Feb. 9 work session, the Henrico School Board heard a presentation about continuing efforts to address overcrowding at Hungary Creek Middle School, along with some proposed solutions.
The important issue would be addressed in phases, all of which would involve input from families and the public. Some smaller shifts may be recommended for the 2017-18 school year, providing some short-term relief to Hungary Creek. Henrico Schools expects to propose a more comprehensive long-term redistricting plan for the 2018-19 school year.
HCPS staff members are working to identify small pockets of fifth-grade students currently zoned to attend Hungary Creek Middle School. Instead of Hungary Creek, these students would attend another school in fall 2017. HCPS staff members anticipate that these shifts would affect fewer than 50 students in 2017-18, while reducing overcrowding at Hungary Creek in time for fall 2017. Several additional trailers would be added to the Hungary Creek campus for the 2017-18 school year, providing more temporary instructional space.
HCPS is beginning the process of developing a more comprehensive redistricting plan to address overcrowding at Hungary Creek and provide programming space for a gifted academy at L. Douglas Wilder Middle School. This process will continue over the next year. Students who change schools during the limited 2017-18 boundary shifts would not be moved again for the more comprehensive 2018-19 plan.
The Hungary Creek shifts are part of a developing and emerging process, and HCPS will provide current information as it becomes available. Families and the public will have ample opportunities to weigh in on ideas and proposals as the process moves forward. No draft redistricting-options are available to view at this time.
Please check back regularly to see the latest developments as we work to ensure that all students, teachers and staff members have a uniformly comfortable and effective learning environment.
To follow the latest developments in the process, you may also check BoardDocs to view upcoming discussions as well as past presentations.