Updates from CBES members of Redistricting Committee

{Click HERE to find general information regarding Redistricting}

 2/5/2016 Update:

Last night, the Alexandria City School Board voted to extend the redistricting process into the fall of 2016 in order to be able to deliver accurate details around the location of the new West End school, School Board polices that will affect redistricting and finalization of the ACPS and City budgets before new school boundaries are drawn.

Both the location of a new school in the West End and whether the City will be able to fund it will not be known until late May. Decisions around moving pre-K to a new central location will also be finalized around the same time.

While the adjusted timeline alters the schedule for decision points in the process, it does not change the final implementation date for new boundaries. The implementation of new school boundaries is still planned for the start of the 2017-18 school year.

Read the full press release.

The next Advisory Group Meeting is on Wednesday, February 10 in the cafeteria at John Adams Elementary School at 7 p.m. All meetings are open to the public. We look forward to seeing you there.

Thank you.

ACPS Redistricting Team
Alexandria City Public Schools
1340 Braddock Place
Alexandria, VA  22314
703-619-8408

For more on redistricting, please visit http://www.acps.k12.va.us/redistricting/
To watch redistricting meetings live, visit us on Periscope @ACPSk12
Follow the redistricting conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #Betterboundaries

Redistricting Update

11/13/2015

Joe Davis & Lauren Sandberg, Redistricting Review Committee Representatives For Charles Barrett

joe.redistrict@gmail.com and lauren.redistrict@gmail.com

The ACPS Redistricting Review Committee – comprised of 35 community members representing each of the schools and the community at large – met on November 4, 2015. The agenda included a debrief from the first community meeting, discussions on committee governance and communications, and evaluation of a proposed change to the redistricting timeline.

Committee members discussed their perceptions of the first community meeting including the issues that seemed most important to those in attendance. Transfers, grandfathering, redistricting criteria (equity, neighborhood schools) and school performance, etc. were all referenced. Committee members noted that engagement with the community has felt sluggish and strategies for broader outreach to the community were discussed. ACPS provided the committee with a memo detailing their proposed community outreach strategy which includes engagement through social media, civic associations, PTAs, ACPS website/email list, and Spanish News media (just to name a few).

The committee also spent time discussing general organizational issues including replacement of members and a decision-making process. While no decision-making process was hammered out, we anticipate that that process will be determined at future meetings.

Finally, in response to feedback on the redistricting timeline, the Redistricting Steering Committee – made up of 3 School Board members, Superintendent Crawley, and various ACPS staff – put forth a proposed change to the timeline. The proposal adjusted the redistricting decision/School Board vote from February to May and the implementation schedule from the 2016/2017 school year to the 2017/2018 school year. Committee members debated the advantages and disadvantages of both proposals. Ultimately, a vote was taken on three courses of action: moving forward with the existing timeline, moving forward with the existing timeline but reserving the right to extend as needed, and adopting the proposed adjusted timeline. A majority of committee members (16) voted to move forward with the existing timeline (February decision and 2016/2017 implementation).  With the release of Dr. Crawley’s proposed Capital Improvement Program Budget (CIP) budget, this decision could be revisited in the coming weeks.  Ultimately, it will be the School Board’s decision to alter the timeline.

At the Committee’s next meeting on November 17, the Redistricting Review Committee will begin to review the redistricting data and break out into small working groups with the goal of formulating draft proposals for community review. Joe and Lauren urge all Charles Barrett parents to engage in the process by taking the Community Engagement survey posted on the Redistricting page of the ACPS website.

NEXT MEETING:

Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 7 p.m. 

Redistricting Review Committee 
George Mason Elementary School Cafeteria

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