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A Major Redistricting School Plan in Chesterfield Squeeks to Approval

In order to fill Old Hundred and to alleviate overcrowding at other locations, over 1000 students will have to change schools.

One contentious issue was where to draw the lines. Some drafts called for students to travel long distances. In other revisions, the lines were drawn through housing communities.  And that’s where issues began.

Parent Shannon Murray supports the plan.

“With the current proposal as it pertains to Sanctuary at Watermill, my daughter will be able to go to school with her nextdoor neighbors and our street will not be divided.

However, some parents think the proposal didn’t have enough data to justify where the lines were drawn.

“I just feel like there are certain aspects to it that are inadequate for a vote.”

That’s parent Tricia Laux. She’s referring to data that school board member Carrie Coyner tried include in the plan that would have combined current student numbers with projected housing predictions. That never happened.

After several months of revisions and community meetings, the board passed the new map in a 3-to-2 vote.

Ian M. Stewart previously was the transportation reporter and fill-in anchor for VPM News.
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