FCPS Rezoning Committee adjusts proposed boundaries

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Fayette County Public Schools Rezoning Committee on Thursday made some changes to its proposed new school boundaries to try to keep students with their peers throughout their academic career.

Below is the letter sent out to district families from rezoning committee chair, Alan Stein:

Dear FCPS Families:

The work of the school rezoning committee continued this evening with a review of how our elementary, middle and high school attendance zones fit together into feeder patterns.  We looked at areas where we had small numbers of students at the elementary or middle school level not going on to the next school level with their classmates.

We made some adjustments in order to keep students with their peers, but in some cases, that was simply not feasible based on building capacity.  While feeder patterns are one of the guiding principles given to the committee by the board of education, we are also balancing the directive to consider neighborhood proximity to schools, socio-economic diversity and building space.  While the principles seem to contradict at times, the primary question we ask ourselves at every juncture is, “What is best for the kids?”

Updated maps will be posted online at www.fcps.net/zones as soon as possible.

Some of the changes we made this evening included sending all students at Arlington Elementary on to Bryan Station Middle, Ashland Elementary school to LTMS, Booker T. Washington to Winburn, Harrison to LTMS, and Veterans Park to Southern Middle. A portion of rural Fayette County near Athens was moved back into the Athens-Chilesburg zone and to Henry Clay High.  At the middle and high school level we moved the attendance boundaries to ensure that all students at Tates Creek Middle attend Tates Creek High and that LTMS will now feed just three high schools instead of four.  Our discussion is not complete and we will consider additional changes at our next meeting.

Our committee will meet next from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on April 8, 2015 in Conference Room C at the school district office located at 701 East Main Street. All meetings are open to the public.

Once we complete the feeder pattern review, we will develop a report for the school board.  We hope to hold one committee meeting where we present our final proposal and have an open dialogue with members of the community who wish to address our proposal one last time before we give it to the Fayette County Board of Education. We have tentatively set that date for April 14, from 6 to 8 p.m.  We will publicize the location as soon as we have secured it.

It is important for everyone to understand that ultimate authority for the approval of this plan rests with the school board, and they may choose to make changes to our proposal.

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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