Initial review of proposed middle and high school boundaries complete

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Fayette County Public Schools rezoning committee has completed its initial review of proposed new boundaries for middle and high schools.  On Tuesday, the committee members started looking at the elementary school boundaries.

Below is a letter from School Rezoning Committee Chair, Alan Stein, sent Tuesday to families in the school district:

Dear FCPS Families:

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The rezoning committee has now completed its initial review of proposed boundaries for middle and high schools based on public comment and input.  Some adjustments were made, but other requests were rejected.  We will post our current working product as soon as we can at www.fcps.net/zones.

We began our conversation on elementary schools tonight.  Over the next several meetings we will systematically consider each and every comment received by our community members through Let’s Talk, Listening Sessions and direct contact to committee members.

Given the volume of feedback, it will take us some time to cull through everything and identify each issue raised.  Many of the comments make the same point, so we will pull out a list of unique requests.

I do want to share with you that once our committee has made an adjustment, we cannot keep revisiting the same issues.  Please understand that our charge is to make a recommendation to the school board.  They will make the ultimate decision, and the public will have an opportunity to raise concerns with the school board, just as they have with us.

Our goal is to develop a plan that is best for our entire community.  We understand that it will be impossible to please everyone, but we are committed to ensuring that everyone has a chance to be heard.  We are looking at each suggestion against the backdrop of the guiding principles established by the school board and making the adjustments that make sense.

The committee will meet from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Conference Room C at the school district office located at 701 East Main Street on the following dates. All meetings are open to the public.

  • March 13
  • March 17
  • March 19
  • March 25
  • March 26

Materials, including links to videos of the work from our meetings, are being posted online at www.fcps.net/zones.  We also have an online engagement tool called “Let’s Talk,” where you can submit comments and they will be shared with the entire committee.  Please visit www.fcps.net/letstalk to submit input.

Sincerely,

Alan Stein

School Rezoning Committee Chair

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