Henrico County Public Schools moving forward with planning process for possible redistricting

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Henrico County Public Schools staff members appeared at the School Board’s work session today to update the Board on what would be needed if HCPS chooses to redraw school boundaries in time for the 2021-22 school year. 
 
Fall 2021 will see the opening of three new HCPS facilities. A major project will double the size of the existing Holladay Elementary School at 7300 Galaxie Road, and new buildings will open to replace the existing J.R. Tucker and Highland Springs high schools on their current sites. Those projects, along with projected population trends in Henrico County, prompted a review of school attendance boundaries throughout the county. 
 
Any specifics about school redistricting in Henrico County remain many months away. However, because being ready for the possibility takes a great deal of planning, HCPS is moving forward with a process that includes establishing a timeline, collecting data, hiring a consultant and involving the community.
 
The planning timeline to implement redistricting for fall 2021 would be:
 
May 2019: Award contract to redistricting consultant.
Summer 2019: Collect data and create a committee of community members to lead the process and recommend a plan.
Fall 2019 to winter 2019-20: Plan for around 30 public meetings.
Spring 2020: School Board approval.
Fall 2021: New boundaries in place for 2021-22 school year.
 
No redistricting proposals would be implemented without a great deal of public input and participation. Henrico Schools will share information about the planning process as it becomes available. Information will be posted to Henrico Schools’ redistricting page, at https://henricoschools.us/redistricting2021. The page can also be reached by going to henricoschools.us and looking under “Hot Topics.”
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