Proposed new school boundaries still on track to go to Fayette Board of Ed in April

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Fayette County School Rezoning Committee is still on track to present proposed new school boundaries to the Board of Education in April, according to a release Monday from the committee chairman.

The release says the committee is close to the end of the boundary discussion for high schools, could wrap-up the middle schools by mid-week and then begin reviewing elementary proposals.

Below is the release in its entirety, including links to view proposed boundaries online:

Dear FCPS Families:

The work of redrawing school zone boundaries will move quickly over the next month as our committee today reaffirmed its determination to have maps ready to take before the Fayette County Board of Education for approval in April.

We have scheduled eight more meetings for March, but if we complete our work early then we won’t need to meet that many times.  Our goal is to complete proposed attendance boundaries for elementary, middle and high schools and implementation guidelines including grandfathering recommendations.

Our work process currently is to 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.

We also have had some committee members who have worked independently to address areas of concern and they will also put forth recommendations for the entire committee to consider.

While we will consider each comment we receive, we cannot grant every request.  We will look at each suggestion against the backdrop of the guiding principles established by the school board and make the adjustments that make sense.  As you might imagine, many of the requests are in conflict with each other.  In some cases we have two neighborhoods each suggesting the other be moved to a different school.  This is a systematic process and we are going to deal with these concerns one by one.  There have also been numerous suggestions from the community that fall outside the charge of this rezoning committee, and we will be unable to address those.

We began our work Friday by reviewing high school maps.  We made some changes to our proposal have posted a new draft high school map on the www.fcps.net/zones, which is getting us pretty close to the end of our high school boundary discussion.  We spent today’s session looking at middle school boundaries and again revised our draft proposals.  We will post those drafts as soon as they are available.  We went a long way toward getting to the end of middle schools today too.  In fact, I’m hopeful we’ll be able to wrap up that discussion at our meeting on Wednesday and begin reviewing elementary proposals.

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 4
  • March 5
  • March 10
  • March 13
  • March 17
  • March 19
  • March 25
  • March 26

There are many ways for you to be involved in this process.  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.  I can assure you that your comments, along with all that we receive are shared with our entire committee and that they are taken very seriously.

Sincerely,

Alan Stein

School Rezoning Committee Chairman

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