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The revisions to attendance boundaries concern Roanoke elementary schools.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Two public hearings will be held next month on a series of minor attendance boundary revisions for Roanoke elementary school students.
The school system will hold two hearings for the community to weigh in on the proposed changes on Nov. 4 at William Fleming High School and Nov. 5 at Patrick Henry High School. Both public hearings will be at 6:30 p.m.
The Roanoke School Board settled on the dates at a meeting Tuesday where board members also reached a consensus to grandfather current students into the changes.
Any children impacted who wish to continue at their school may do so, but students entering kindergarten will have to attend their newly zoned school.
The proposed changes are expected to affect about 30 students. The most significant change would be in the area of Forest Hill Avenue, where about a dozen students would move from Round Hill Elementary to Preston Park Elementary School.
Since announcing the initial slate of revisions, officials have made one modification to the area of Highland Park that would affect two more children. Community members can get details on all the potential changes at the public hearings, officials said.
The school board first discussed the potential changes in August at a board retreat as part of a five-year review of attendance boundaries.
The school board redrew attendance zones in 2009 for the first time since 1971. The 1970s-era boundaries were part of a court-ordered desegregation plan and had become severely outdated.
The changes currently proposed seek to address streets that were split or situations in which the school a child lives within sight of is not the school he or she attends.
The board anticipates voting on the changes in January.
“We’re still a way from deciding,” board Chairman Todd Putney said. “I just want to make sure we’re careful and deliberate about that process.”
In other news,
n Superintendent Rita Bishop told board members that following this week’s school shooting in Nevada, the Roanoke school system will introduce a bullying hotline.
On Monday, a 12-year-old student at Sparks Middle School in Nevada opened fire on the school campus, wounding two students and killing a teacher before killing himself. Some media accounts have reported the 12-year-old had been teased.
“The events of yesterday in Nevada were kind of special to me,” Bishop told board members, explaining she did her first bout of student teaching there.
In addition to the hotline, which she said couldn’t wait, Bishop said she would also like to hold a workshop for the school board on bullying issues. Board members said Tuesday they plan to take a look at bullying policies.
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