Western Elementary Schools Redistricting Committee Named


Ten parents of area elementary school students have been named to a committee that will recommend options for shifting school attendance boundaries to Albemarle school superintendent Pamela Moran.

The committee will review current enrollment and future projections for four elementary schools in the division’s western feeder pattern: Brownsville, Crozet, Meriwether Lewis and Murray. Meriwether Lewis currently is about 50 students over its capacity. The subcommittee will consider redistricting students among the four schools in the western feeder pattern (schools whose students are expected to attend Western Albemarle High School). Red Hill Elementary School in North Garden is a possible destination for western feeder pattern students. The committee will also look at the option of adding on to schools.

The Western Feeder Pattern Redistricting Advisory Subcommittee includes two parents of Brownsville students, Kelly Gobble and Gavin MacCleery; two parents of Crozet students, Jeffrey House and Craig Lindqvist; two parents of Meriwether Lewis students, Holly Bittle and James Younger; and two parents of Murray students, Kate Batkich and Mary Margaret Frank. Also appointed are Patrick Barnett, a parent of a Red Hill student; Keith Hammon, an at-large appointee; and Tiffany Barber from the school division’s Long-Range Planning Advisory Committee. Albemarle Schools’ chief operating officer Josh Davis will serve as the committee’s facilitator. Yet to be named is an equity and diversity representative.

A second subcommittee will address overcrowding at Agnor-Hurt Elementary School, which is more than 100 students above capacity. The subcommittee will decide if some students should be transferred to Broadus Wood, Woodbrook and/or Greer elementary schools.

The committee began meeting October 2 and will forward their recommendations to Moran in January. Moran will send her recommendations to the school board in February and the board will hold a public hearing in March. Changes could affect Meriwether Lewis in August 2013, but decisions concerning the other western Albemarle elementaries are likely to take effect in later years.

The schedule and work of the two subcommittees are available online at www.k12albemarle.org/redistricting.