Henrico school board unanimously approves ‘Option E’ redistricting plan

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — School board members in Henrico County voted to approve ‘Option E’ for the middle school redistricting that will go into effect for the 2018-19 school year.

Option E,’ one of five different redistricting plans that were being considered, was approved by a unanimous vote Thursday night.

Below is a list of highlights of Option E that will go into effect for the 2018-19 school year. Click here to read the full details of the plan.

  • Shady Grove Elementary School would feed entirely to Short Pump Middle School.
  • Twin Hickory ES would feed entirely to Short Pump MS.
  • A larger portion of Echo Lake ES would go to Holman MS.
  • A larger portion of Longan ES would go to Holman MS.
  • A larger portion of Chamberlayne ES would go to Brookland MS.
  • Part of Laburnum ES would go to Moody MS.
  • A larger portion of Harvie ES would go to Fairfield MS.
  • A new development, “Estates at Grey Oaks South,” would attend Kaechele ES.
  • The area sent to Brookland MS would continue to feed Hermitage HS.
  • The district had been working to choose a redistricting plan for months.

When the discussions began, the district had four different redistricting options on the table. But after hearing from concerned parents, it recently created a fifth plan, ‘Option E.’ That’s the plan staff is recommending to the school board.

“It’s the option that perhaps best meets the overall goals of the redistricting process, but also being responsive to the public feedback that we got along the way,” HCPS spokesperson Andy Jenks said.

The immediate goal is to alleviate overcrowding at Hungary Creek Middle School in Glen Allen. ‘Option E’ shifts students away from Hungary Creek to other middle schools in the area. It also shuffles students to different high schools.

The plan impacts the most students of all the options; more than 700 children will be redirected to different schools.

The discussions are clearly important to parents — many whom tell 8News they purchased their homes in certain neighborhoods because they wanted their kids to go to specific schools.

However, ‘Option E’ was the most favored plan of parents who responded to the district.

It’s important to note this affects incoming 6th graders only. Students will not be forced to move from their current schools. And again, we’re talking about the 2018-2019 school year.

The board votes at tonight’s meeting. We’ll tell you what happened on 8News at 11.

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