New Hanover County Schools (NHCS) is beginning the redistricting process for elementary and middle schools to realign school attendance zones. The district is seeking one parent and one community member to serve on the redistricting committee. Interested parents and community members should follow this link to submit an online application: https://forms.gle/ktSvGJbR7AJK7Aqw8
The project is expected to run from July 2019 through December 2019. Committee members will be required to attend at least one (1) meeting per month through November 2019. Meetings will last two (2) hours and will begin at approximately 3:30 pm. Candidates must be able to set aside personal interests and focus on what is best for all students in the district. Committee members will be expected to review materials and information about the schools in between meetings, assist in facilitating public information sessions, and present information to the New Hanover County Board of Education.
This committee will be charged with developing a redistricting recommendation to include the following:
- Populate the new Porters Neck Elementary School, opening for the 2020-21 school year;
- Account for increased building capacity with the replacement of Blair and College Park Elementary Schools;
- Efficiently utilize all available space and plan for future growth within the county;
- Establish new attendance zones in accordance with the Guiding Principles established by the Board of Education.
The redistricting study is being managed by a national K-12 consultant, Cropper GIS Consulting (Cropper), who will facilitate the process of working with the committee and the public to explore redistricting options. This committee will focus on providing a redistricting recommendation for the district’s elementary and middle schools. Although all efforts will be made to minimize the number of students moved while accomplishing the objectives, it is important to understand that any community could be impacted in terms of elementary and/or middle school assignment.
The deadline to complete the online application is June 14, 2019. Applications will be reviewed by the redistricting study consultant, who will work with the school district to determine the best candidates to serve on the committee. The online application can be found at www.nhcs.net. Applicants who are selected for the committee will be notified by mail and/or email.