(Forsyth County, GA) Elementary school district lines in Forsyth County will be shifting in the 2024/2025 school year.
Deputy Superintendent Mitch Young presented a tentative timeline for redistricting plans to the Forsyth County Board of Education during a work session meeting on Tuesday, August 8.
Two main goals for the shift include enrolling students in the new Midway Elementary School once it opens in the fall of 2024 and emptying out overcrowded schools.
The schools most likely to be impacted by the changes include:
- Big Creek Elementary School
- Brandywine Elementary School
- Haw Creek Elementary School
- Kelly Mill Elementary School
- Mashburn Elementary School
- Midway Elementary School
- Sawnee Elementary School
- Vickery Creek Elementary School
Young said they aren’t expecting changes to any high school or middle school attendance lines.
The proposal includes allowing students and their siblings enrolled in dual language immersion (DLI) programs at Brandywine Elementary School, Kelly Mill Elementary School and Mashburn Elementary School to be allowed to stay at their respective schools with transportation provided.
Rising fifth graders and their siblings would also be allowed to stay at their respective schools as long as parents provide transportation, something Young said is usually permitted in these situations.
In both of these cases, parents must complete an out-of-district-waiver application before the November deadline.
Lastly, based on traffic patterns and safety, the proposal suggests the starting times at Midway Elementary School be changed from later to earlier due to its proximity to Denmark High School.
Board Member Mike Valdes pointed out the drop in K5 enrollment in some schools and asked how that is considered in the proposal.
“There’s a trend in two parts of our county, one part of the county where you see an elementary trend going in one direction and another part of the county where it's going in the opposite direction,” Young said. “And so the redistricting process in some of those schools would be the shift where we’re sitting at maybe 115 or 120 percent capacity to a school that may be at a 70 percent capacity.”
The redistricting timeline will include online feedback and a public forum on September 20 before potentially being approved by the BOE in October.
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