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Re-districting committee holds first meeting

Posted Thursday, December 14, 2006

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Siler City, NC - The redistricting committee for the Siler City and Silk Hope areas met on Wednesday, December 13, at 6:00 p.m. at Siler City Elementary School.

The committee looked at the scenarios that OR/Ed. Lab created based on the following criteria: maintaining rated capacity for Silk Hope School; maintaining intact neighborhoods; maintaining a contiguous attendance zone; maintaining natural boundaries; and avoidance of overlapping bus routes. When asked their opinions on considerations that should be included in the redistricting process, committee members expressed a desire to keep students at the closest school to their homes. Additionally, members voiced concern over the possibility that students living on the same road could be placed at different schools.

The committee worked in small groups to analyze the maps. Each group adapted the OR/Ed. Lab maps to better fit its vision of the redistricting model. The total committee then looked at each redistricting scenario and gave feedback. The suggestions will now be taken to the OR/Ed. Lab staff for evaluation. The committee will re-examine the maps at its next meeting. The Chatham County Board of Education will meet again on January 8 and have redistricting on its agenda.

The committee is comprised of two Board of Education members with other members acting as alternates; two parent representatives from Siler City Elementary School chosen by the PTA; two parent representatives from Silk Hope School chosen by the PTA; the principal of Siler City Elementary School; the principal of Silk Hope School; Superintendent Ann Hart; the Assistant Superintendent of Auxiliary Services; and the Director of Secondary Education. Other central office staff will participate as needed.

The second redistricting committee meeting will be held on January 4, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. at the Siler City Elementary School media center. The meeting will be open to the public.

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