Update: Redistricting Recommendations Approved by School Board - New elementary boundaries to be implemented in 2014-2015 school year. Secondary boundaries to change in 2015-2016 school year. Click here for more of the story.
Update: The School Board will be voting on the Redistricting Steering Committee's elementary and secondary recommendations at the May 8, 2013 School Board meeting. The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Central Office, Downingtown. Click here for the recommendations.
Update 1/30/13 The redistricting steering committee met for a final time on January 28, 2013. The committee was presented with seven possible high school boundary modification scenarios. The committee narrowed this number down to three selections and then to one. The committee’s recommendation of a high school modification plan passed by a vote of 19 to 3. The elementary boundary modification recommendation was approved unanimously by the committee earlier this month.
The public will be able to review both elementary and secondary recommendations during a webinar that will be broadcast on the district's website. Consultants McKissick and Associates will be working with the district to prepare the material for this webinar. The date of the webinar will be announced shortly via an email blast to all parents and will be posted on all district websites. Following the webinar, public meetings will be scheduled for discussion and comments on the two redistricting steering committee's recommendations. Public input on these recommendations may also be given by emailing comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. A final decision on school boundary modifications will be made by the School Board following this period of public comment.
The Redistricting Steering Committee met on Tuesday, January 8, 2013. The committee received all emails and letters received from the community. Members reviewed an updated elementary attendance map designed by McKissick and Associates. The committee feels that this option best reflects the six redistricting criteria approved by both the School Board and Redistricting Steering Committee at the beginning of this process. These include, but are not limited to, increasing population in underutilized schools while decreasing populations of schools at or near capacity, keeping neighborhoods together, student enrollment trends, transportation efficiencies, economic and racial diversity and the impact of feeder patterns on the middle and high schools.
The committee made additional minor changes and modifications to the McKissick map. McKissick will incorporate these additional changes and present the updated map to the committee at their next meeting on Monday, January 14, 2013. At the January 14, 2013 meeting, the committee will take a final vote on their elementary recommendation and begin discussions on possible high school redistricting options. Members will also determine a timeline and process to present their recommendations to the public.
Update - 1/4/13 - The Redistricting Steering Committee continues to meet. No recommended changes have been presented to the school board or public as the committee continues to review data and discuss options. The public meeting previously scheduled for January 7, 2013 has been postponed to give the committee additional time to meet. A new public meeting date will be announced shortly. Updates are given at the regularly scheduled School Board meetings - the second Wednesday of each month.
December 13, 2012 Update
The Redistricting Steering Committee met on Tuesday, December 11, 2012. The committee has reviewed several possible elementary school boundary scenarios. The options have been evaluated based on criteria developed by both the School Board and the committee. Feedback received from the community was also considered, as was input from the district's transportation department.
One option favored by the committee is to be refined by McKissick and Associates based on additional committee suggestions. Once the committee finalizes its recommendation on the elementary boundary revisions, a public meeting is expected to be scheduled. The committee also plans to begin looking at boundary modifications for the secondary schools at its next meeting, January 8, 2013.
November 27, 2012 - Redistricting Steering Committee meeting. Members worked on one option and made multiple suggestions for changes. Committee requested additional committee meetings be scheduled to ensure that each elementary school’s present and future enrollments receive a thorough review before any recommendations are presented to the public and school board. A review of secondary schools will follow. Fifth Meeting has been scheduled.