Quioccasin MS proposal postponed; Provide your input on redistricting priority areas
The latest on HCPS’ three redistricting priority areas:
- There is an update to one of our redistricting priority area proposals. At the Nov. 12 School Board meeting, members decided to postpone the proposal related to the way students are assigned to Quioccasin Middle School until fall 2021, when it will be revisited for further public discussion.
- The three information and input sessions have concluded, but you can view videos of the sessions by scrolling down.
- Your input is important:
- Go to this form to submit written public comments specifically for the Dec. 10 School Board meeting. (Written public comments for the Board meeting are separate from written feedback made through the “General Feedback Form” on this page. All comments are carefully reviewed and considered.)
- The Board will hold a public hearing Jan. 11 on the redistricting proposals for the priority areas. Depending on the status of the pandemic, the public hearing may be virtual.
Some background: In September the Board asked HCPS staff to discontinue what was previously known as “comprehensive (countywide) redistricting” and instead address three smaller redistricting needs for implementation in fall 2021:
- Making the most effective use of the additional capacity available when the expansion project is finished at Holladay Elementary School in the Brookland District.
- Addressing overcapacity issues at Colonial Trail and Rivers Edge elementary schools in the Three Chopt District.
- Reexamining the feeder elementary schools for the way students are assigned to Quioccasin Middle School in the Tuckahoe District. (On Nov. 12, School Board members decided to postpone this proposal and revisit it for discussion in fall 2021.)
Information and Input Sessions for Redistricting Priority Areas (concluded):
Nov. 17: Effectively using additional capacity at Holladay Elementary School
Virtual Meeting Video Recording from Nov. 17
This proposal would move some preschool students at other schools to Holladay Elementary School, which will double its capacity when a current construction project is completed. The moves would free up instructional space at Crestview, Dumbarton, Johnson, Lakeside, Longan and Echo Lake elementary schools.
Attendee: Kristi Kinsella, Brookland District representative.
HCPS held three virtual information and input sessions to discuss proposals for the three school boundary situations. Members of the School Board attended, who listened to input on behalf of the entire Board.
Nov. 9: Addressing overcapacity at Colonial Trail and Rivers Edge elementary schools
Slide presentation for Nov. 9 – NW Elementary Priority Area | Virtual Meeting Recording from Nov. 9
This proposal would address overcapacity at Colonial Trail and Rivers Edge by moving some students to other schools. Besides Colonial Trail and Rivers Edge, other schools that may be affected are Kaechele, Longan, Springfield Park, Twin Hickory and Echo Lake elementary schools.
Attendees: Micky Ogburn, Three Chopt District representative and Kristi Kinsella, Brookland District representative.
Nov. 2: Elementary feeder patterns for Quioccasin Middle School (This proposal has been postponed and will be revisited in fall 2021.)
Slide presentation for Nov. 2 redistricting update (contains proposal maps) | Virtual Meeting Video Recording from Nov. 2
This proposal would realign the feeder patterns for Quioccasin Middle School, reducing from three to two the number of high schools that Quioccasin students attend. It would also reduce the number of middle schools that feed J.R. Tucker High School from five to four. Under the proposal, students at Maybeury Elementary School would attend Quioccasin Middle School instead of Tuckahoe Middle School. Students at Skipwith Elementary School, and Jackson Davis Elementary School students who live north of Three Chopt Road would attend Tuckahoe Middle School instead of Quioccasin. Colonial Trail Elementary School students who live in the Trails at Short Pump and the Crossings at Short Pump would attend Pocahontas Middle School and Mills Godwin High School instead of Quioccasin Middle School and J.R. Tucker High School.
Attendees: Marcie Shea, Tuckahoe District representative and Micky Ogburn, Three Chopt District representative.
A 2019-20 comprehensive countywide redistricting process had been scheduled to be phased in beginning this year. The School Board announced in April that it would delay the process to allow the community to focus on the public health crisis. In September, the Board announced that it would discontinue the comprehensive process and focus on solutions for the three specific areas of concern described above.