Henrico School Board selects redistricting Option E

JUNE 23, 10:30 A.M. – The Henrico County School Board Thursday concluded its latest redistricting process by selecting a plan for middle school redistricting that will impact a number of students in the western and northern parts of the county, as well as a few in Eastern Henrico.

The process sought to reduce overcrowding at Hungary Creek Middle School, create room at Wilder Middle School for a gifted academy and address the poverty level disparity among some middle schools. It will impact about 775 students, according to school system officials.

The board voted unanimously to adopt the boundaries of Option E in time for the 2018-19 school year. That option was the one recommended by school system planners and favored by a majority of respondents to an online survey conducted by the school system. But it wasn't the first choice of Board Chair Beverly Cocke (Brookland District) or Varina District member John Montgomery, who first supported Option C but were outvoted 3-2.

Option E will:

• funnel all Shady Grove Elementary School and Twin Hickory Elementary School students to Short Pump Middle School;

• send a larger portion of Echo Lake Elementary and Longan Elementary students to Holman Middle;

• send a larger portion of Chamberlayne Elementary students to Brookland Middle;

• send part of Laburnum Elementary's population to Moody Middle;

• send a larger portion of Harvie Elementary's population to Fairfield Middle;

• send a new West End development, Estates at Grey Oaks South, to Kaechele Elementary;

• continue to send the area designated for Brookland Middle to Hermitage High.

Families who are impacted by Option E will be formally notified by a mailed letter in September. Full details about the plan are available online at http://henricoschools.us/redistricting. Additional information, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions, will be added to the redistricting page and updated as needed.

A smaller redistricting plan impacting 68 students from Springfield Park and Longan elementary schools will take effect for the 2017-18 school year. Those households already have been notified.

No current middle or high school students are impacted by the redistricting.

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Disclosure: School Board Chairwoman Beverly Cocke is employed by T3 Media, LLC, the parent company of the Henrico Citizen, as a business development manager.
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