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New Hanover County Board of Education Selects Three Representatives to Serve on the NHCS Redistricting Committee

 
Members of the New Hanover County Board of Education serving on the Redistricting Committee reviewed a pool of 63 parent and community applicants to serve on the committee. The following applicants were selected, accepted the position, and will represent the different regions of the county:

Mara D’Auria
Community Representative, Northern New Hanover County
 
B.J. Eversole
Community Representative, Central New Hanover County
 
Dr. Jacob Warner
Parent Representative, Southern New Hanover County
 
Cropper GIS Consulting will manage the redistricting process for elementary and middle schools to realign school attendance zones for New Hanover County Schools. Mathew Cropper will make a presentation at the Board of Education meeting on July 9, 2019, providing an overview of the redistricting process and timeline. The Redistricting Committee will meet for the first time on July 10th. 

The Redistricting Committee will host a public forum in September 2019. The public will have the opportunity to follow the redistricting process and provide input at all times through a special webpage, www.nhcsredistricting.com. The webpage will be filled with meeting materials and it will be a repository for information related to the realignment process that will be shared with committee members and the public. 

The goals of the redistricting process are:
  • to populate the new Porters Neck Elementary School opening for the 2020-21 school year; 
  • to account for increased building capacity with the replacement of Blair and College Park Elementary Schools; 
  • to efficiently utilize all available space and plan for future growth within the county; and 
  • to establish new attendance zones in accordance with the “Guiding Principles” established by the Board of Education.
 
The Redistricting Committee will provide requested information to the consultant, (Cropper GIS Consulting) that is required for redistricting, assist in the planning and scheduling process, assist in the community outreach process, participate in community and committee meetings, provide input on proposed redistricting options, and make a final recommendation to the full Board of Education.

The Redistricting Committee is expected to make a final recommendation to the School Board in December 2019. New attendance boundaries would be implemented for the 2020-21 School Year.
 
Redistricting Committee Members:
Nelson Beaulieu, Board of Education Member
Bill Rivenbark, Board of Education Member
David Wortman, Board of Education Member
Dr. Tim Markley, Superintendent
Eddie Anderson, Assistant Superintendent of Operations & Planning
Anita Baggie, Technology and GIS Assistant
Mark Clawson, TIMS and GIS Assistant
Sheila Wilkes, Administrative Assistant
Christy Howe, Elementary Teacher of the Year
Jackson Norvell, Elementary School Principal
Ron Villines, Middle School Principal
Rebekah Roth, County Planning Representative
Mara D’Auria, Community Representative, Northern region
B.J. Eversole, Community Representative, Central region
Dr. Jacob Warner, Parent Representative, Southern region