Henrico, Va. Nov. 6, 2019 – Henrico County Public Schools will hold events Nov. 7 and 13 for the public to learn more about two initial draft options created by the 67-person HCPS Redistricting Committee.
The first event will be Thursday evening at L. Douglas Wilder Middle School, and an identical Nov. 13 session will be held at Mills Godwin High School. The events will begin with a presentation at 6:30 p.m. by Matt Cropper of Cropper GIS, the redistricting consulting firm that is assisting the school division. At 7 p.m., there will be a “gallery walk,” where attendees can peruse large foam-mounted maps of two draft redistricting options – options “A” and B.” Committee members will be present to answer questions.
The committee strongly considered six draft options, and chose to present two because they thought those best satisfied the aims of redistricting: to efficiently use available space and plan for growth; to account for the addition to Holladay Elementary School and the increased capacity of the new J.R. Tucker and Highland Springs high schools, opening in 2021; and to reduce concentrations of poverty, while balancing that goal with a neighborhood-school concept.
Interactive maps of the two draft options are available online at henricoschools.us/redistricting/. The webpage also includes a link to an important survey to comment on the two options. Nothing in the drafts has been finalized, and the committee needs public input to guide changes. The School Board will vote on the plan in May 2020.
The school division is examining and redrawing elementary, middle and high school attendance zones which may be phased in for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 school years. Students entering grades 5, 8, 11 and 12 in the year a new boundary takes effect would be “grandfathered” and would be able to finish at their current school, provided they secure transportation.
Henrico Schools is proposing a new elementary school in the Fairfield District, but because those plans are not finalized, the two draft options do not incorporate that construction. A new elementary school would affect a limited number of school boundaries and would not necessitate a wholesale change to countywide draft maps. Henrico Schools is also proposing an addition to one of the division’s middle schools; the school has not yet been determined.
For those who cannot attend, the information sessions will be livestreamed at henricoschools.us, the school division’s website. The sessions will also be recorded and made available at henricoschools.us/redistricting/ in the days after the event.
Henrico Schools redistricting presentations and gallery walks (sessions are identical):
• Nov. 7 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. (presentation at 6:30 p.m., gallery walk at 7 p.m.), L. Douglas Wilder Middle School, 6900 Wilkinson Road, Henrico, Va. 23227
• Nov. 13 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. (presentation at 6:30 p.m., gallery walk at 7 p.m.), Mills Godwin High School, 2101 Pump Road, Henrico, Va. 23238