October 9th, Redistricting AAC Meeting Summary

posted Oct 12, 2012, 8:58 AM by General PTA Address   [ updated Oct 16, 2012, 10:43 AM ]

The meeting was moderately well attended by citizens.  I counted around 45 folks in the audience.  At least one BOE member came to see how things went, and I saw at least one school board candidate.  Almost the entire original AAC committee was in attendance as well.  If you see one of them in the grocery store, make sure to thank them for their continued service.


So what are we having a meeting at all?

HCPSS Redistricting staff have been asked by Superintendent Foose to revisit the plan and make it less disruptive and student centered.  To facilitate this effort, the Area Attendance Committee was called back for a special work session on October 9th, to come up with some ideas.  After much discussion, the committe intrepreted "less disruptive" to mean move less students and so they tasked themselves with reducing the number of students moved.  The committee worked for two hours and came up with three quick plans, I think labeled A,B,C,  that minimize the number of students moved. The plans for the most part reduced the number of students moved from 2800 to 1650 or so.  Several things should be noted as these plans are reviewed.

1.  None of these plans have been vetted for any of the other conditions provided for in HCPSS Policy 6010.  HCPSS staff will put the plan summaries on the website soon.  At that time we will be able to see the impact on FARMS, MSA, Small feeds and busing.  There could be major weaknesses that were not discovered in the two hours of the meeting.
2.  The plans are very short term in their stability.  They all appeared to have less than 5 years of capacity numbers under 110%.  This will force another round of redistricting in 2016.  Note:  The original AAC L10 plan was designed to reduced the incidence rate of redistricting at the cost of moving more students now.  The new cut plans do not have this benefit.
3.  Use of western county capacity is minimized to minimize student movement.  This could open the process and results to criticism about leaving resources idle. 
4.  Most importantly, the effort the AAC put into maintain neighborhood integrity is compromised.  I suspect at least two of the plans will increase the number of Island (non contiguous attending areas) and split neighborhoods preserved in L10.

From what I could gather during the meeting there is no change in the plan for TSES, although there was some side discussion about moving two polygons out of Hopewell to Atholton Elementary, but I do not believe that made it into one of the plans.

Staff will still be reviewing public comments and will accept them at BOE@hcpss.org.  A plan will still be presented to the Board of Education on October 18th.  There will be two more public testimony opportunities on October 23rd and 25th, at 7:00pm at the Board of Education building on Route 108.  Note:  these meetings are conducted differently than the sessions up tell now and require you to register for testimony prior to the meetings.  Testimony will be limited to 3 minutes as well.  The BOE will have as many as 4 work sessions following these meetings prior to their final vote on November 15th.


I will update this entry when the plans get released and let you know what I see.  Please email pta@tsespta.org if you have questions

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