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School board opens survey on two middle school redistricting maps

School Board members have narrowed the options for middle school redistricting down to two maps. (Courtesy photo/WJCC Schools)
School Board members have narrowed the options for middle school redistricting down to two maps. (Courtesy photo/WJCC Schools)

The Williamsburg-James City County School Board has narrowed down the options for middle school redistricting, and is now looking for community input.

At their meeting Tuesday night, the board selected two maps — number two and four — to consider for redistricting.

After selecting the two maps, the division opened up an online survey, allowing the community to give feedback on each option.

The school board must redistrict middle schools to fill the new James Blair Middle School, which is located at the corner of Ironbound and Longhill roads and slated to open in September 2018.

Map two was presented to the board during a November meeting, but has since been modified to keep Ford’s Colony together at one school. The first version split off a portion of Ford’s Colony.

Map four is a new map that was created by the consultant after the school board requested an option that evened out the socioeconomic status of all schools. The map brings the percentages of students with free and reduced lunch closer to the division average, the website said.

The survey will be open until noon on Jan. 12. The board will receive the results at their Jan. 16 meeting.

The school board aims to adopt a middle school map at their Feb. 6 work session.

High school attendance zones will remain the same.

To take the middle school survey, visit the school division’s redistricting webpage.

School Board members have narrowed the options for middle school redistricting down to two maps. (Courtesy photo/WJCC Schools)
School Board members have narrowed the options for middle school redistricting down to two maps. (Courtesy photo/WJCC Schools)
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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