Stafford County Schools Redistricting Has Residents Scrambling

Overcrowded lunch room

It’s no wonder I have buyers now scrambling to figure out where their children will be attending school in the fall of 2015 given Stafford County’s efforts to help alleviate overcrowding by redrawing the attendance zones for up to 15 elementary and middle schools.

As a consequence of the tremendous growth the county has seen over the past decade, it is predictable the schools are facing overcrowding. According to Stafford County Public School records, student attendance has grown nearly 29% since 2000 to over 27,000 students in 2014.

While redistricting is an important and necessary strategy for any county’s comprehensive planning, it still makes it remarkably unsettling and troubling for families who have concerns about how their children will adapt to a new school. Worries about longer bus rides, increased traffic, and probably most important, a transfer to a school that has a poorer performance than the school the child is transferring from are all valid concerns.

The Stafford County School Board had met on January 12, 2015 to hear committee recommendations and now the public will have an opportunity to share their concerns at several public meetings set for January.

The schedule for these public meetings beginning tomorrow, January 14, 2015, may be found at this link.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 Public Hearing @ Colonial Forge High School @ 7pm

Redistricting that may affect Widewater, Moncure, Hampton Oaks, Kate Waller Barrett, Winding Creek, Garrisonville and Park Ridge Elementary School. Purpose of redistricting is to reduced overcrowding at Widewater Elementary School and potential overcrowding at Winding Creek Elementary Schools in 2015 and beyond.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 Public Hearing @ North Stafford High School @ 7pm

Redistricting that may affect Rodney Thompson, H.H. Poole, Stafford, Shirley Heim and AG Wright Middle School. Purpose of redistricting is to reduce the current overcrowding at Rodney Thompson Middle School, the projected overcrowding at Shirley Heim Middle School, and the underutilization of Stafford Middle School beginning in 2015-2016.

Thursday, January 22, 2015 Public Hearing @ Stafford High School @ 7pm

Redistricting may affect Conway, Falmouth and Grafton Elementary Schools. Purpose of redistricting is to relieve overcrowding at Conway Elementary School.

“Parents are encouraged to attend the public hearings to receive a presentation of the recommendations and share their concerns regarding the proposed changes.  Written comments may be submitted to Pat Druash at pdruash@staffordschools.net.  All comments received will be shared with the school board members.”

Irene Morales Ward, Realtor®

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