Frequency of school redistricting studies frustrates parents | Local

Andrew and Melanie Garland live in Turtle Creek, a neighborhood in the urban ring of Albemarle County, and send their first-grader to Greer Elementary.

But with constant concerns regarding capacity issues at the school and a redistricting study underway, the Garlands are looking at the possibility of their child being moved to a different school.

Part of the recent bond referendum, which financed the Woodbrook Elementary expansion and modernization project, was to conduct a redistricting study to find ways to alleviate capacity issues at Woodbrook, Greer and Agnor-Hurt.

Greer is currently more than 100 students over capacity; the expansion project will double the space at Woodbrook.

But the most recent projections for enrollment at Agnor-Hurt do not show excess capacity, and some parents have called for their children’s school to be removed from the study.

A meeting was held Wednesday at Agnor-Hurt to solicit community input, which a redistricting advisory committee will use to help inform its recommendation to the superintendent by the end of the month.

Two of three scenarios from the committee propose moving students from Agnor-Hurt, and another option includes moving students from Greer to Broadus Wood Elementary, which was originally not part of the redistricting study.

Scenario A would move 138 students from Greer to Agnor-Hurt and 217 from Agnor-Hurt to Woodbrook.

Scenario B includes the Broadus Wood option, which would move 48 students from Greer to Broadus Wood and 104 from Greer to Woodbrook. Under this option, no students would move from Agnor-Hurt.

And scenario C would move 34 students from Greer to Agnor-Hurt, 104 from Greer to Woodbrook and 72 from Agnor-Hurt to Woodbrook.

The point of bringing Broadus Wood into the discussion was to have an option that would expand the scope of the study beyond the three urban-ring schools.

But Tammie Moses, a Greer parent who lives in one of the neighborhoods in Scenario B, said she does not feel this is the right move.

They live in Roslyn Heights, and from their backyard they can hear the bells and PA system at Greer. If they are redistricted, they’d go from walking distance to Greer to a ride to Broadus Wood of at least seven miles.

Moses said there needs to be tougher redistricting to address what seems like an ongoing capacity issue at Greer, but it needs to be…

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