CCSD to have redistricting forum
by Lindsay Field
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November 17, 2011 12:01 AM | 4294 views | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — The Cobb County School District has released a new redistricting map based on public feedback and will play host to another forum for affected communities next month.

The forum will be Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at South Cobb High School, 1920 Clay Road in Austell, for all 26 schools affected by the new redistricting map. SPLOST administrator Doug Shepard said about 15,000 students could be affected by the proposal.

The redistricting is necessary because the district is building new Clarkdale, Mableton and Smyrna area elementary schools and an eight-classroom addition at Nickajack Elementary and will need to shift students around to fill those classrooms.

The map proposes the closing of Sky View Elementary School in August 2012 and Brown and Fitzhugh Lee H.A.V.E.N. Academy schools in August 2013 and the reorganization of Austell Primary and Intermediate to serve as traditional kindergarten through fifth-grade elementary schools. Students at Sky View would be moved to the new Mableton school, and Brown students would be moved into the new Smyrna area school. Fitzhugh Lee H.A.V.E.N. Academy students would be moved to Brown.

The district earlier put out two map proposals for the public to weigh in on.

“This is one condensed map … based on the feedback from the community,” Shepard said. “In some cases, neither option was compelling so we looked at a compromise.”

The district led two public forums in October and have been collecting feedback from the community online and by email ever since. To date, the district has received more than 400 emails or posts on the public comment wall on the district’s website about the proposal.

School board member David Morgan, who represents southwest Cobb, said he has done his best to stay in touch with parents at the schools in his post affected by the south Cobb redistricting.

“I spent about two hours with (Sky View’s school council president) Erin Stack and other stakeholders from that community,” he said. “As their representative, I am working with them to help as much as possible to create focus groups from the Sky View and Mableton elementary schools.”

If the redistricting map is approved in February by the school board, the schools would be merging students into the new Mableton location at 5220 Church St.

“If they are communicating with each other, whatever transitions may take place, they can be together on this,” he said.

Stack said that while they are still not happy with the option of their school closing, they still want to do what is best for their children and teachers.

“We have discussed the options that we have moving forward with this,” Stack said. “We are putting together transition plans for our students. We’re focusing on that. … It’s more about making sure that our kids are okay.”

Public comments can be emailed to redistricting

@cobbk12.org or posted on the Cobb website at www.cobbk12.org. Click on “2011 Redistricting” for additional information and to view maps.
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November 17, 2011
On open forum for parents to whine about their babies lives being forever harmed by changing their school. Who cares about the fiscal responsibility of closing old, inefficient and underused schools.
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