Large Turnout Expected for Roswell School Redistricting Meeting

The third meeting regarding North generic viagra Fulton school redistricting will be held tonight at The Milton Center (formerly Milton High School at 86 School Drive, Alpharetta) from 7-9 p.m.

The redistricting process is a result of the opening of the new elementary school on Birmingham Highway in Milton in August 2009. School capacity numbers will also be impacted by elementary school additions at several schools in Roswell and Alpharetta coming on line over the next few years. Elementary school additions will also be coming on line over the next few years in Roswell and Alpharettta at Alpharetta, Barnwell, Mimosa, Mountain Park and Roswell North elementary schools.

There have been large turnouts for the first two meetings and there is no reason to expect a smaller turnout for the third and final redistricting meeting. The last redistricting in northwest Fulton County occurred in 2004 with the opening of Cogburn Woods Elementary. Schools in the Roswell area have not been rezoned since 2001 with the openings of Hembree Springs and Hillside elementary schools.  

Fulton School staff are using this opportunity to adjust attendance zones at every elementary school in North Fulton west of Ga. 400. The changes could impact up to 14 elementary schools in Roswell and Alpharetta to some degree, with some seeing wholesale changes of their student body as a result of the new school.

The Fulton County School System redistricts schools based on the policy established by the Fulton School Board. That criteria includes primary criteria of geographic proximity, available school capacity and projected enrollment. Should the primary criteria not lead to a clear answer, staff will consider a second set of criteria, which include traffic, frequency of neighborhood rezoning, special programs and school feeder alignment.

While staff uses data for the primary criteria, it depends on the community to provide information on the secondary criteria in developing the zones.

Each time a redistricting effort is under way, the school system holds three rounds of meetings to gather information needed to draft a redistricting proposal that best meets the community’s needs. Unlike other school systems, Fulton uses a process that encourages public discussion before developing a proposal. This allows the community to have maximum input in how the proposed attendance lines are created. 

Tonight is the third and final meeting, so if school redistricting is important to your family, be sure to attend.

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