Last night at Gwinnett County Schools public redistricting meeting, parents expressed their concerns regarding the redistricting of several elementary and middle schools throughout the county.
Six new schools will be opening in the fall of 2010; five elementary and one middle school. The affected clusters include: Peachtree Ridge, Meadowcreek, North Gwinnett, Central Gwinnett, and Shiloh. Some students will be relocated to these new schools while other will be rezoned to existing schools. Many parents opposed the redistricting for many reasons. Some parents are concerned being re-enrolled in lower performing schools. A representative along with several other residents from the Morning View subdivision which currently feeds into Suwanee Elementary expressed their desire to keep the entire subdivision within the same school.
The original redistricting plan was released on October 2nd which gave parents plenty of time to complete opinion forms and gather petitions of opposition. Not all parents are opposed to the redistricting efforts of the county. Some are excited that their children will be in a permanent classroom instead of cramped, windowless trailers.
All concerns were heard by the school districts' five board members: Carole Boyce, District I; Daniel D. Seckinger, District II, Dr. Mary Kay Murphy, District III; Dr. Robert McClure, District IV; and Louise Radloff, District V. Beginning on November 25th, board members will make any revisions and deliver the changes to schools no later than December 4th. Then, the school board members will have a final vote on December 10th. All information will be posted at that time on Gwinnett County Public School's website.
If anyone was not able to attend last night's meeting, feel free to view the redistricting maps online or contact GCPS Planning Department at 678.301.7085.