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Redistricting for North Fulton schools to begin in October

Originally posted on NorthFulton.com by Candy Waylock

NORTH FULTON, Ga. – Parents would be wise to stay aware of school attendance zone changes in the coming months.

The redistricting process for all schools throughout North Fulton will begin in October, with the goal to have the changes approved by February and in place next school year, according to officials with the Fulton County School System (FCSS).

“The scope of the North Fulton redistricting will include all schools and all levels,” said Yngrid Huff, chief planner for the FCSS. “Capacity is being added at the elementary and middle school levels, which requires a holistic look at all attendance boundaries.”

A new elementary school off Highway 9 in Roswell is set to open in August 2015, along with additions at three North Fulton middle schools – Hopewell, Autrey Mill and Taylor Road. A planned addition at Crabapple Middle was shelved until after 2018 while planners consider a complete rebuild of the school.

This increased classroom space provides an opportunity for the FCSS to adjust attendance lines based on enrollment, as well as remedy some of the quirky feeder patters from elementary to middle to high school.

Click here to see the current Fulton County School System zoning.

Click here to see the current Fulton County School System zoning.

The last North Fulton rezoning was in 2011 with the opening of Cambridge High School. Huff said it is time to revisit the lines to ensure capacity is balanced across the region.

“We’ve had some changes since the last redistricting, so we want to make sure everything is aligned,” said Huff. “When you look at the entire region, you are able to jiggle all the puzzle pieces at once, and you can better align [the zones].”

Huff said the process will also focus on cleaning up feeder patterns, primarily from middle to high school. While it is impossible to have a 100 percent middle school feed into a high school because of space issues, planners will work on reducing small groups of kids who veer off from their classmates to a new school.

“The feeder pattern needs to be considered,” said Fulton Board member Linda McCain, who represents Johns Creek. “In my area, it’s the middle to high school feed my community is most concerned about. The kids are on feeder teams and other clubs, and it gets [complicated].”

Please read the remaining part of the article from its original source at NorthFulton.com.

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New High School for North Fulton

Redistricting meetings being held for the new Bethany Bend High School

Three community meetings are set for February 23, March 16 and April 13 to address the redistricting process for a new high school in north Fulton County. Each will be held at Alpharetta High School, located at 3595 Webb Bridge Road in Alpharetta, from 7-9 p.m.

The high school will be constructed at the corner of Bethany Bend and Cogburn Road and is scheduled to open in August 2012. Existing attendance zones of other north Fulton high schools will be modified to create the new school’s attendance zones. Parents, staff, and community members are invited to give input on how the new boundary lines will be drawn.

About the redistricting process
Each time a redistricting effort is under way, the school system holds three rounds of meetings to gather information needed to draft a redistricting proposal that best meets the community’s needs. Unlike other school systems, Fulton uses a process that encourages public discussion before developing a proposal. This allows the community to have maximum input in how the proposed attendance lines are created.   

Round One Wednesday, February 23

  • School system staff outlines redistricting process and establishes ground rules for facilitated small-group input sessions.
  • Participants move to small-group sessions and input is gathered related to the redistricting criteria.
  • Staff reviews public comments and applies school board-approved redistricting criteria to develop alternative attendance zone plans prior to the next community forum.
     

Round Two – Wednesday, March 16

  • Staff presents alternative proposals for 2010-11 attendance zones that were developed with established criteria and community input from the first forum.
  • Community members comment on strengths and weaknesses of each plan in facilitated small-group discussions.
  • Prior to the next community forum, staff condenses the number of attendance zone alternatives based on public input.
     

Round Three Wednesday, April 13

  • Community members review and provide input on revised attendance zone alternatives in facilitated small-group discussions.
  • Staff uses comments to develop final attendance zone options for Board consideration.

 

Criteria used for developing redistricting proposal
During the meetings, community members will review the school board’s redistricting criteria and can comment on residential development, traffic, previous redistricting, special programs and other issues relevant to the criteria used for redrawing attendance lines.

Primary Criteria

  • Geographic Proximity – Distance traveled using available routes of transportation.
  • Instructional Capacity – Number of students who can be accommodated at the school, taking into account the number of classrooms and resource rooms needed for art, music, labs, English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), special education and Talented and Gifted (TAG) programs.
  • Projected Enrollment – Number of students assigned to a school, taking into account the future projected enrollment.

 
Secondary Criteria

When primary criteria indicate more than one option, options are evaluated on the basis of:

  • Traffic Patterns – Factors impacting accessibility of the school from all portions of the attendance zone, including travel time, traffic flow in the area, safe operation of school buses and other safety considerations.
  • Previous Rezoning – The school system seeks to avoid rezoning neighborhoods more than once during a three-year period if facility sizes and geographic distribution of student populations allow.
  • Special Programs – Special programs are those serving children with special needs that require use of additional space over and above a regular classroom. Where possible, the school system avoids setting attendance zones that would place a disproportionate number of special programs at a school.
  • School Feeder Alignment – Where possible, consideration is given to the alignment of elementary, middle and high school attendance boundaries. 

The Fulton County Board of Education is scheduled to vote on the new attendance zones in June 2011. Changes in attendance zones will go into effect when the new school opens in August 2012.

Other Information:
Fulton County Schools Redistricting web site

North Fulton schools recognized for academic achievement

NORTH FULTON — More than a third of all Fulton County schools were recognized by the state for improving and promoting academic excellence under the Single Statewide Accountability System (SSAS) program.

“We are thrilled any time that our schools are recognized for high performance and increasing students’ achievement levels,” said Fulton Superintendent Cindy Loe. “This is yet another indication that our schools are hitting the mark when it comes to educating students.”

In all, 34 Fulton schools, which included 30 schools in North Fulton, were selected by the Georgia Department of Education and the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement for making great strides in educating students. These schools were recognized in two categories – Greatest Gains and Highest Performance.

Schools in the Greatest Gains category showed the greatest improvement in scores on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) or the Georgia HS Graduation Tests (GHSGT).

Those in the Highest Performance category demonstrated the highest achievement on the CRCT or GHSGT.

Awards are granted in four levels — Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze — depending on the percentage of students who met or exceeded state standards on the annual tests, and the school having made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). This is the sixth year the state has recognized high-performing schools.

The recognized schools will receive an acknowledgement letter from the state and a banner announcing the award to display in the school.

Schools in North Fulton recognized through the SSAS program include:

Greatest Gains Category

Gold

Esther Jackson Elementary School

Bronze

Independence High School

 

Highest Performance Category

Platinum

Crabapple Crossing Elementary School

Mountain Park Elementary School

State Bridge Crossing Elementary School

Wilson Creek Elementary School

Alpharetta High School

Northview High School

Gold

Dolvin Elementary School

Findley Oaks Elementary School

New Prospect Elementary School

Shakerag Elementary School

Summit Hill Elementary School

Fulton Science Academy

 Middle School

River Trail Middle School

Chattahoochee High School

Milton High School

Silver

Creek View Elementary School

Medlock Bridge Elementary School

Autrey Mill Middle School

Northwestern Middle School

Webb Bridge Middle School

Bronze

Abbotts Hill Elementary School

Birmingham Falls Elementary School

Ocee Elementary School

Sweet Apple Elementary School

Taylor Road Middle School

Crabapple Middle School

Johns Creek High School

Please click here for the entire story on Fulton County schools’ recent achievements from the Forsyth Herald.