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Join Us for Virtual Town Hall Session

Redistricting Dear Families,
 
As a reminder, we will be holding a virtual town hall to discuss the redistricting at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 4th. The emerging recommendation is for Scenario B. Those interested in participating are asked to submit their questions in advance utilizing this form. The session will be structured to address the commonly asked questions as a part of an initial overview presentation. Additional questions generated during the course of the presentation can also be entered on that same form, where they can be monitored and addressed. Join us for the meeting at the following link
 
On Monday, October 19th, the school board held a dedicated Joint Operations & Student Services Committee meeting to further discuss the two redistricting scenarios. During that meeting, the decision-making process and criteria were reviewed and utilized to analyze each scenario. While both options are viable possibilities, the recommendation came down to the impact of the number of projected class sections and room utilization on optimal program delivery. The goal is to ensure that the classrooms are utilized for their intended purposes (e.g. the art room, computer lab, and music room are dedicated to those content areas without the need to add a homeroom/classroom to those spaces if overcapacity). 
For these reasons, Scenario B was recommended by the administration for board consideration on Monday, November 16th. The virtual town hall will focus on answering community questions related to this recommendation and the transitioning process and timeline for the 2021-2022 redistricting school year.
 
Past updates and podcasts can be found on our dedicated demographic study and redistricting web page. We recognize the impact that this decision will have on a portion of our students, families, and staff members, and will engage our community to best support those transitioning to a new school for the 2021-2022 year. The K-3 principals, PTO presidents, and other key leaders at each building are already brainstorming ideas to build community and welcome in the students new to a school. We are extremely proud of the educational culture and community within each building and know that we will be able to continue providing our renowned “Pine-Richland education” to each of our students across our primary buildings and will continue our commitment to continuous improvement and excellence!
 
With Appreciation,
Kristen M. Justus, Ph.D.
Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education & Curriculum