ABSS High School Draft Proposal – March 14, 2016
Note: The following proposal is a first draft presented to the Alamance-Burlington Board of Education on March 14, 2016. It is a beginning point for discussion only. It is anticipated that the plan will be tweaked and modified several times--it will not be the final plan. The anticipated timeline for a final plan to be presented to the Board of Education for voting consideration is December, 2016. It is expected that the draft proposal will continue to be modified based on suggestions and input from community and board of education members. Public forums will be scheduled over the next several months to ensure that feedback and suggestions from the community are gathered and considered.
The projected implementation of the final plan will be a minimum of 3 to possibly 5 years from now, dependent on funds available for purchase of land, construction of a new proposed high school and funds for upgrades/additions to existing high schools. A bond referendum is likely to be needed. Any redistricting plan that is approved will not become effective until the new high school is completed and ready for students.
Basics of the Draft Proposal
- Based on current capacity, ABSS is more than 600 seats over capacity at the high schools.
- Construction of a new high school in the Hawfields area is needed to relieve current overcrowding at Southern and Eastern and prepare for future growth in the eastern portion of the county (Mebane area).
- 5 comprehensive high schools with modified attendance boundaries: Eastern, New High School, Southern, Western and Williams. The old city and county school district attendance boundaries for existing high schools will be dissolved. Upgrades and/or new additions at these existing schools will be needed to match student body enrollment numbers based on attendance boundaries.
- 2 high school campuses, Cummings and Graham, will be repurposed to provide specialty schools of interest for students in grades 6-12 to serve the entire district. These 2 schools will not have attendance boundaries. Specialty areas currently up for consideration include: a School of Arts and Science at Cummings (similar format to the highly-successful Durham School of the Arts); and a School for Specialty Skilled Trades, Municipal Services Academy (including the Fire Academy beginning fall of 2016) and an expansion of the Early College model with Alamance Community College on the Graham High campus.
- Maps with the proposed 5 high school boundaries are available for viewing at each high school office and in the central office lobby at 1712 Vaughn Road. In addition, a smaller map of the entire district, along with individual maps of each proposed high school zone, are posted on the ABSS district website: www.abss.k12.nc.us. All maps for the draft plan are overlay maps with major boundaries identified (such as railroad tracks, interstate highway, etc.).
The draft maps are a conversation-starter only.
- Regular updates will be shared as the plan changes and progresses. Suggestions are welcomed. To send suggestions, please email email@example.com
- A schedule of public forums will be announced later this spring and will continue after school begins in the fall.