Ad Hoc Committee for Elementary Enrollment Pursues Redistricting

In late April, the Ad Hoc Committee for Elementary Enrollment met to discuss a framework for redistricting, including a timeline, who will perform the work, and who will be involved in the process. The committee also discussed parameters for determining which schools should be considered for redistricting.

At a previous meeting, the committee decided that redistricting elementary students presents the most timely and cost-effective means of addressing the disparity in building population and allows for uniform delivery of the district’s elementary program over the next five years. It also provides the school board with flexibility in case student enrollment shifts significantly going forward.

At last month’s meeting, the committee identified the target range for district elementary schools to be between 450 and 500 schools. Beaumont Elementary School (382 students) and Hillside Elementary School (421 students) currently fall below range, and Devon Elementary School (606 students) comes in above. These three schools’ populations will be balanced as part of the redistricting plan.

In addition to the number of students in each school, other criteria to be considered when balancing the attendance area for the three schools include transportation routes; contiguous neighborhoods; proximity to attending schools; and reasonably shaped districts.

In June 2017, an Elementary Redistricting Committee will be formed, made up of school board members, administrative staff, parents, an external facilitator and consultants (demographer, transportation supervisor, etc.).

The Ad Hoc Community for Elementary Enrollment will present the redistricting option to the full school board at the May 22nd regular school board meeting. If approved, the district would then solicit parent volunteers to serve on the Elementary Redistricting Committee. That committee will hold its first meeting in June 2017 and continue to meet throughout the fall. It will present a redistricting plan to the full school board in early 2018, which if approved will be implemented in spring 2018, with new attendance boundaries taking effect in August 2018.

At its next meeting on May 4, 2017 at 6:30 pm at the Tredyffrin/Easttown Administration Offices, the Ad Hoc Committee for Elementary Enrollment will review the next steps in the redistricting process. Click here for the May 4, 2017 meeting presentation.

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