The recommended re-zoning maps were posted online. You can get links to the maps here. If you don’t have PowerPoint and want to see the maps download the viewer from Microsoft here. The following schools are affected (through adding or subtracting students) by these proposed changes. Please click through to the maps for additional information. This will be discussed at the school board meeting tonight (2/19):
Elementary: Bailey Station, Barret’s Chapel, Bartlett, Cordova, Dexter, EA Harold, EE Jeter, Evans, Germantown, Highland Oaks, Lucy, Oakhaven, Rivercrest, Riverdale, Southwind, Sycamore
Middle: Arlington, Barret’s Chapel, Collierville, Dexter, EE Jeter, Fairview, Germantown, Hamilton, Millington, Mt. Pisgah, Riverdale, Schilling Farms, Shadowlawn, Sherwood, Woodstock
High: Arlington, Bartlett, Bolton, Cordova, Germantown, Houston, Millington, Ridgeway, Trezevant
One thing I’ve always stressed to parents who ask is that where you buy your house in this town matters. I’m not talking about safety or convenience, I’m talking about public schools.
The Shelby County Schools General Transfer process occurred online this morning. This is how parents apply to switch their child to a school they are not zoned for, which is a different process than applying to send your child to an Optional Program. For the first time I participated in this process as I hope to get my younger son into Kindergarten at Grahamwood so my two children will be at the same school for one (and only one) year. Thankfully the process went smoothly, and SCS says I will be notified before the end of the school year. They promised April 1st last year. Hopefully this year it will actually happen on time.
Here’s the concerning part. At the top of the website was this statement:
SCS will be conducting a district-wide rezoning process this spring. A second Choice Transfer period will be announced after this process is completed.
With all of the changes we’ve seen in public schools in this county over the past few years, and the large number of schools likely to be closed, it’s understandable that zoning changes will be made. What I don’t understand is why you’d make these changes AFTER parents have gone through the General Transfer and Optional application processes.
Here are two hypothetical situations that concern me:
- A family with a five year old zoned for Richland Elementary planned on registering their child for Kindergarten in July, but suddenly they are no longer zoned for that school. They didn’t apply for a Transfer on February 18th, so now they are at the back of the line for a school with a very long line.
- The family of a rising sixth grader in the Optional Program at Grahamwood finds out they are no longer zoned for White Station Middle School. The child had the test scores and grades to get into the Optional program, and they lived in the school zone, so they didn’t pick up a bar coded application on January 27th. Now at the back of the line for a school with a very long line.
I truly hope that Shelby County Schools has families in mind as they discuss any changes to zoning. It would be completely unfair to yank spots away from families AFTER the process to apply for spots has already come and gone. Sure you can offer a second Choice Transfer period, but for extremely popular schools it will be too late.
Apparently SCS will be talking about this issue at the board meeting tomorrow night. I encourage you all to pay attention and stay tuned.