2/2/16 County forum on redistricting will be tonight

County forum on redistricting will be tonight
By Isaac Groves, The Times-News 2/2/16    
Reprinted with permission.      

The countywide forum on redistricting tonight will be part of the school board’s annual forum to get public input on any topic.

“My plan is to present our work and our recommendations to the board in its entirety,” said ABSS Superintendent Bill Harrison. “We’re tacking onto that this policy-required, general public forum.”

The forum is at 6 p.m. in the Cummings High School Auditorium. It follows three school-based forums at Grove Park Elementary School on Jan. 14 and Hillcrest and Smith elementary schools Monday night. Those three schools will be the most affected by the district’s proposed redistricting plan to eliminate the 1970s, desegregation-era satellite zones on Burlington’s north side between Webb Avenue and Rauhut Street.

Moving students from one school to another gets complicated quickly because students moving from one school can overcrowd another.

According to the proposed redistricting plan, 118 students in Smith Elementary School’s satellite zone would be drawn into the zone of Hillcrest Elementary School on West Davis Street, and 21 would be drawn into the zone for Eastlawn Elementary School on Vaughn Road.

The additional students would overcrowd Hillcrest, so 111 students would instead be drawn into Grove Park Elementary’s zone, and 33 would, as strange as it seems, be drawn into Smith’s zone.

With the elimination of the Grove Park satellite zone, 77 students would be drawn into the zone of Altamahaw-Ossipee Elementary School on N.C. 87 North, well outside the city to the northwest, and 65 would be drawn into Hillcrest’s zone.

Forty-five students would be drawn out of Grove Park’s zone — not the satellite — and drawn into the zone of Andrews Elementary School, which is on Buckingham Road off North Church Street, and 56 students would be drawn into Smith’s zone.