The Pine-Richland School District recently approved a redistricting scenario, which will go into effect in the 2021-2022 school year. The goal of redistricting is to ensure equitable and optimal programmatic delivery across our three primary buildings in a sustainable manner.
The need to update the demographic study and consider redistricting emerged in 2018 as we were planning for the 2019-2023 strategic planning cycle. While the overall enrollment at the K-3 level has been and is projected to remain stable, the increasing population within the Township of Pine (particularly Wexford Elementary School) coupled with the decreasing population within Richland Township have necessitated a redistribution of students among the three buildings by redesignating attendance zones within our district footprint.
A warehouse of written communications, presentations, and podcasts exist on the Pine-Richland School District website should you wish to review them. Additionally, an updated School Site Locator tool was published to the web, allowing families to enter their address and see their child’s school of attendance for the 2021-2022 school year. In addition to this, we will be sending a confirmation email within the next business day (December 15, 2020) to those families directly impacted by redistricting and who will transition to another primary building for the 2021-2022 school year. If you do not receive an additional email specific to your family, your child(ren) will remain in the same primary building they are currently attending for the 2020-2021 school year.
As we have shared over time, this is just the beginning of the work ahead. Action plans have already been developed to successfully transition our students to a new school setting in the most seamless manner possible. We are engaging principals, counselors, and the PTO Presidents in the creative, collaborative transition process and will be further engaging our students directly as well. Our intent is to create connections prior to this year concluding and to offer experiences to boost students’ confidence and excitement for the opportunity ahead.
Updates will be shared routinely with all K-3 families, regarding the work underway and progress made towards attaining these goals for our students. We appreciate you staying engaged and helping to support those families impacted by further enhancing our strong sense of community.
Kristen M. Justus, Ph.D.
Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education and Curriculum