BY TOM HARTWELL
Parents will get a look tonight at the new attendance map for city school zones--and 1,047 of their kids will likely be told they are to change elementary schools next year.
School district administers will submit a final recommendation on school redistricting to the Board of Education tonight, and board members will vote on a final plan during their meeting now under way at Chapel Hill Town Hall.
At a Dec. 20 meeting, several board members spoke in favor of a plan based on the second of four maps drafted by the redistricting committee. Based on this preference, the administration will submit a finalized plan that includes small changes recommended by school board members.
The plan administrators are recommending would move 579 students into the new Northside Elementary School, currently under construction and slated to open in August, 2013.
The recommended plan will move 1,047 elementary students in total, preserving school "walk-zones" and keeping at-risk student demographics even across schools.
Some students, such as those with individualized education palns (IEPs) would not be required to move schools. Rising fifth-graders will have the option to remain at their current schools.
The recommended plan would move the Parkside and Larkspur neighborhood segment (74A) from Seawell Elementary to Northside, a move that many parents from those neighborhoods protested.
The recommended plan would keep the Celtic Circle and Highlands neighborhoods part of the Seawell school district. Parents from that neighborhood had objected to their removal from Seawell's attendance zone under other draft redistricting plans.
The administration will also submit recommendations for a minor high school redistricting plan that will move about 100 students out of overpopulated Carrboro High School, and a plan to redistrict 67 incoming middle-schoolers.
If the recommended plan does not receive majority support from board members, the clock will begin ticking for adoption of an elementary redistricting plan. Kindergarten registration for next school year begins Feb. 1.