Current Project: Woodbrook Elementary School Addition

Background

The school division has experienced enrollment growth in the urban ring area adding over 250 students in the last 5 years in the four elementary schools whose boundaries surround the city of Charlottesville: Agnor-Hurt, Cale, Greer, and Woodbrook. This growth has exceeded the building capacity of those facilities. Greer is experiencing the most significant overcrowding as a result of this growth. A redistricting study was conducted in 2015 to evaluate more immediate options for Greer Elementary prior to additional seats being built. No solution was found with the conclusion that additional capacity needed to be constructed. To this end, an addition onto Woodbrook Elementary was approved and is currently under construction. This project is intended to provide relief to Woodbrook, Agnor-Hurt, and Greer. It is planned that the addition will be complete and open for the 2018-19 school year.

Objective

Address current and projected overcrowding at Agnor-Hurt, Greer, and Woodbrook elementary schools and consider middle school student assignments based upon changes to elementary boundaries.

The proposed scope of the study will involve any and all elementary and middle schools determined by the committee as required to meet this objective. If the committee determines that the redistricting might impact an elementary school not identified above, the committee will notify the Board and that school community.

Guiding Principles

  • Attendance areas will serve the district for at least 3-5 years with a goal of 5-7 years.
  • Attendance areas will be largely contiguous.
  • Walk areas for each school will be considered.
  • When possible, middle school boundaries will align with elementary boundaries.
  • Transportation routes will be as efficient as possible, giving consideration to minimizing ride times within acceptable parameters.
  • Neighborhoods will be assigned to the same school whenever possible.
  • Greater demographic balance across impacted schools will be strived for where feasible.
  • Grandfathering existing students will be considered by the Board on a study-by-study basis.

Committee Meetings

2017 Meeting Dates:

  • Monday, September 18
  • Monday, October 2
  • Monday, October 16
  • Monday, October 30
  • Monday, November 13
  • Monday, November 27

All committee meetings will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Media Center at Agnor-Hurt Elementary School, located at 3201 Berkmar Drive in Charlottesville.

Meetings are open to the public for observation. A larger community meeting will be held first week of November (date TBD). The committee will hear from the public at that time.

Questions & Comments

Questions and comments may be addressed to the committee via email at rac@k12albemarle.org.

Committee Members

  • Rachel Boston, Agnor-Hurt Elementary Representative
  • Thomas Corsall, Agnor-Hurt Elementary Representative
  • Jennifer Schaeffer, Greer Elementary Representative
  • Rachel Lyle, Greer Elementary Representative
  • Malva Mangan, Woodbrook Elementary Representative
  • Jennifer Smith, Woodbrook Elementary Representative
  • Symia Tabron, Burley Middle Representative
  • Katherine Martin, Jouett Middle Representative
  • Grant Duffield, At-Large Representative
  • Chris Smith, At-Large Representative
  • Andrea Mejia, Long-Range Planning Advisory Committee Representative
  • Sidney Griffin, Equity & Diversity Representative
  • Kimalee Dickerson, Equity & Diversity Representative

General Timeline

June 8, 2017 | School Board approved scope of study and directed Superintendent to convene committee and to conduct the study.

June/July 2017 | Superintendent advertises and receives applications for the committee.

August 2017 | Superintendent appoints committee and begins sharing information.

September – October 2017 | Committee meets two times prior to receiving September 30th enrollment data, and then two additional times to finalize 2-3 scenarios based on enrollment data.

First week of November 2017 | Community Meeting is held to share scenarios and get feedback.

November 2017 | Committee meets twice more and provides the Superintendent with a final recommendation.

December 2017 | Superintendent presents her recommendation to the School Board.

January 2018 | School Board holds a public hearing and votes on the Superintendent’s recommendation.

February – August 2018 | Families are notified and transition activities take place.

2018-19 School Year | New boundaries go into effect.

Meeting Materials

Presentation #1 - September 18, 2017