What do you think of the county's school redistricting plan?

Johnson City Press • Nov 11, 2018 at 4:08 PM

As Press writer Jessica Fuller reported last week, Washington County school leaders are considering a redistricting plan to even out student populations when the new Boones Creek kindergarten through eighth-grade school is opened.

Presented by county Board of Education member Philip McLain, the redistricting plan would move 189 students from Ridgeview Elementary, which the board said is overcrowded, to Sulphur Springs Elementary, Gray Elementary and the new Boones Creek school and move 18 students from Sulphur Springs to Boones Creek.

McLain said the redistricting would be introduced gradually over seven years, and parents in the redistricted areas could choose to keep their children in their current schools, but would be required to transport their children to those schools, because the bus routes will change.

The school board unanimously passed the redistricting plan on its first reading and said a public meeting will be held soon to give residents the chance to voice their opinions on the plan before it is finalized.

Our children's education is an important topic, and is one that generally generates sose strong opinions. We want to hear them.

What do you think of the county's redistricting plan? Are there any pitfalls you'd like the school district to avoid or any considerations you'd like the school board to make?

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