UPDATE: First Draft Of Proposed Fayette County Elementary School Boundaries Due Out Friday

The FCPS Rezoning Committee completed its first draft of proposed new elementary school boundaries at its meeting Thursday.

The school district said the proposal should be available for the public to see online on Friday at www.fcps.net/zones.

People who don’t have Internet access were asked to call 381-4101 in order to be mailed a printed version.

Below is the complete message sent out Thursday by the Rezoning Committee:

Dear FCPS Families:

Before I give you an update on the work that took place during tonight’s school boundary committee meeting, I’d like to offer a glimpse into the volume of work that this group has undertaken for the past nine months. 

Tonight was our 18th meeting; in addition we also held two public listening sessions in June and July. 

Last April this committee began what can be best described as a boot camp to learn everything we could about each of the guiding principles assigned to us by the school board as a guidepost for our work. 

We reviewed copious amounts of data and historical context on past school boundary decisions, and also identified other information we wanted the district to gather.

One of the things that makes this process unique is the amount of ownership that the committee and the community have. 

We are using the very best mapping software available and, with the help of a demographics expert, are able to making changes live during each committee meeting so we can instantly see the impact of moving lines.

Some nights we examined as many as four dozen different scenarios. 

Essentially, we have divided the entire county into more than 600 puzzle pieces called study areas. 

For each area, we have data on the number of students who live there and whether they attend public, private or home schools. 

We also have summary student demographic information including grade level and socio-economic status. 

In addition to all of these numbers, we have examined planned housing growth, birth rates, and other trend data in order to project into the future as far as the 2019-2020 school year.

I believe it is safe to say that this is the most robust data ever used to tackle school zone changes in our community. 

And, I would also suggest that this has been the most public and transparent process that Fayette County has seen. 

Instead of being given a set of proposals by district officials, our committee has literally built these schools zones from scratch.

During tonight’s meeting, we completed a first draft of elementary school zones that we are ready to distribute for public feedback and comment. 

As I had shared in previous messages, we worked methodically to develop this draft scenario, considering school capacity, residence patterns, travel distance, neighborhood continuity and socio-economic status.

Because this draft was developed live this evening, there are some technology processes that will have to take place in order to put the map into a format that can be accessed by the general public. 

We will ensure that the draft map is posted on the www.fcps.net/zones page tomorrow. 

If you do not have access to a computer, please call 381-4101, and we will mail you a printed version.

We will begin reviewing feeder patterns and middle school boundaries at our next meeting. 

Our 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:

  • January 27
  • February 2
  • February 10
  • February 19

We will host two public listening sessions on:

  • Thursday, February 12, 6 to 8 p.m., at Bryan Station High School, 201 Eastin Road
  • Monday, February 16, 6 to 8 p.m., at Tates Creek High School, 1111 Centre Parkway

In addition to these listening sessions, 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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