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Chamblee Redistricting Options – Meeting 2

The New John Lewis Elementary facility located at 2630 Skyland Drive, 30319 will be opening Fall 2019. This facility will have over 500 additional seats of capacity compared to the existing facility.

Because of the space made available by this new, larger facility, the John R. Lewis ES Redistricting process is being undertaken this Fall (2018), and will affect schools in the Cross Keys and Chamblee clusters as well as move 300 students temporarily redistricted to the Druid Hills cluster back to schools in the Cross Keys cluster.

The purpose of this redistricting process will be to determine new attendance lines for John R. Lewis ES and to better balance student enrollment in the areas around the new school facility. This redistricting will be the first of three years of redistricting in the Cross Keys and Chamblee clusters, as a new elementary school is scheduled to open in the northern part of the Cross Keys cluster in Fall 2020 (one year after the new John Lewis ES opens), and the new Cross Keys HS and converted Cross Keys MS facilities will open in Fall 2021.

Public Input: Round 2 (Wed October 24, 2018, 7:00 PM at Cross Keys HS)

TWO REDISTRICTING OPTIONS

Option 1: Focus on Geographic Proximity to John R. Lewis ES
Option 2: Focus on Intact Neighborhoods
Option DS: Not gerrymandered – From Reader David S (updated 10/24 @ 5pm)

OPTION 1

OPTION 2

Option DS
Thank you David S for providing us with this option …

  Round 2 Presentation

Round 2 Redistricting Maps:

Rebuilt John R. Lewis Elementary School
• Opening August 2019
• 900+ seat school
• 500+ seats of available capacity

Cross Keys Cluster Overcrowding at
• Woodward ES (108%)
• Montclair ES (114%)
• Dresden ES (132%)

3‐YEAR REDISTRICTING PROCESS

3-YEAR REDISTRICTING PROCESS
Redistricting Process Estimated Opening School
Fall 2018 Fall 2019 New John R. Lewis Elementary School
Fall 2019 Fall 2020 New Doraville Elementary School
Fall 2020 Fall 2021 Cross Keys Middle School Conversion, New Cross Keys High School, Chamblee Charter High School Building Addition

REDISTRICTING PROCESS CALENDAR
First Round – Cross Keys HS– October 2, 2018
Objective: Collect community input within the board approved criteria

Second Round – Cross Keys HS– October 24, 2018
Objective: Collect community input on presented redistricting options based on board approved criteria

Third Round – Cross Keys HS– November 27, 2018
Objective: Collect community input on Staff Recommended Plan based on board approved criteria

Board approved redistricting plan resulting from this process would go into effect August 2019

Students rising into 5th, 8th, 11th, and 12th grades will have the option to continue in their former school, with no transportation provided

The Superintendent’s Recommendation is based on feedback from all three rounds of public engagement and may look nothing like the options presented tonight (Round 2)

Redistricting For Schools in Chamblee & Brookhaven

Three meeting redistricting process for schools in Chamblee and Brookhaven will start this October.

Redistricting – Fall 2018

The New John Lewis Elementary facility will be opening Fall 2019 on Skyland Drive in Brookhaven. The John R. Lewis ES Redistricting process is being undertaken this Fall (2018), and will affect schools in the Cross Keys and Chamblee clusters.

In the Approved Cross Keys Redistricting Plan, roughly 300 students were temporarily districted to the Druid Hills cluster. To address the opening of 300 seats of elementary capacity in the Druid Hills cluster, the Druid Hills Elementary Redistricting process is also being undertaken this Fall (2018) as part of a second redistricting process.

John R. Lewis ES Redistricting
The purpose of this redistricting process will be to determine new attendance lines for John R. Lewis ES. This redistricting will be the first of three years of redistricting in the Cross Keys and Chamblee clusters, as a new elementary school is scheduled to open in the norther part of the Cross Keys cluster in Fall 2020 (one year after new John Lewis ES opens), and the new Cross Keys HS and converted Cross Keys MS facilities will open in Fall 2021.

The John R. Lewis Redistricting process could impact:

  1. Ashford Park ES (Chamblee)
  2. Dresden ES (Cross Keys)
  3. John Lewis ES (Cross Keys)
  4. Montclair ES (Cross Keys)
  5. Montgomery ES (Chamblee)
  6. Woodward ES (Cross Keys)
  7. Chamblee MS (Chamblee)
  8. Sequoyah MS (Cross Keys)
  9. Chamblee HS (Chamblee)
  10. Cross Keys HS (Cross Keys)

The attendance areas of Briar Vista ES and Fernbank ES inside the Cross Keys cluster will be included in this
process.

Druid Hills Elementary Redistricting
The purpose of this redistricting process would be to take advantage of the 300 seats of available capacity at
Fernbank ES and Briar Vista ES to balance elementary enrollment in the Druid Hills cluster.

The Druid Hills Redistricting process could impact:

  1. Avondale ES
  2. Briar Vista ES
  3. Fernbank ES
  4. Laurel Ridge ES
  5. McLendon ES

Redistricting Process – Fall 2018 Oct 2018 – Feb 2019
Both redistricting processes will follow the District’s standard redistricting process used in the 2015 Cross Keys Redistricting and 2017 Clarkston & Stone Mountain Redistricting. The redistricting process is driven by three rounds of increasingly specific community input. Once all three rounds of community input are complete, a Superintendent Recommended Redistricting Plan will be presented to the Board for approval.

All public comments throughout all three rounds are limited to the following redistricting criteria

  1. Safety and traffic patterns
  2. Previous redistricting
  3. Intact neighborhoods
  4. Special programs, e.g., programs serving special needs students that require additional classroom space
  5. School feeder alignment
  6. Efficient and economical operations

Three Meeting Process & Timeframe

Meeting 1: The purpose of the first meeting is to gather general feedback from the community before any options are created or presented. The proposed dates for the first meeting of each process are:
• John Lewis Redistricting: Tuesday, October 2, 2018 @ Cross Keys HS, 7 PM
• Druid Hills Redistricting: Thursday, October 4, 2018 @ Druid Hills MS, 7 PM
• Online Survey: October 2 – October 11 (midnight)

Meeting 2: The second meeting introduces two to four options and allows the public to provide feedback on them. The proposed dates for the second meeting of each process are:
• John Lewis Redistricting: Tuesday, October 23, 2018 @ Cross Keys HS, 7 PM
• Druid Hills Redistricting: Thursday, October 25, 2018 @ Druid Hills MS, 7 PM
• Online Survey: October 23 – November 1 (midnight)

Meeting 3: The third meeting presents one “Staff Recommended” option and gives the public one more opportunity to provide feedback. The proposed dates for the third meeting of each process are:
• John Lewis Redistricting: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 @ Cross Keys HS, 7 PM
• Druid Hills Redistricting: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 @ Druid Hills MS, 7 PM
• Online Survey: November 27 – December 6 (midnight)

Board Approval: After the third public meeting, Planning staff incorporate all public feedback into a “Superintendent-Recommended Redistricting Plan”.
• First Read: January 7th, 2019 Board meeting
• Board Approval: February 4th, 2019 Board meeting.