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Fayette School Redistricting to Consider a Variety of Factors

Redistricting was the subject of a meeting at Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School Thursday.

Members of Fayette County Public Schools’ Zoning Committee considered several approaches to redrawing high school boundaries, as well as determining the district for a new high school.  To do this, they made use of interactive maps that used various statistics, including school capacity, the number of students on free and reduced lunch plans, and demographic data.   FCPS Chief Operating Officer Mary Wright said one of the most important factors to consider was how the changes affect families.

“We have to be sensitive to the impact on transportation, how long do we want children to be on a bus, if we expand those areas, the rural areas, into one school or the other.  I think that they’re looking at any number of factors and the impact upon families as we’re moving forward.”

Ultimately, the committee settled on an approach that minimizes adjustments, but also builds school capacity and reduces the amount of students on free and reduced lunches.  Wright admits, however, that the committee still has a way to go, and hopes to finish its work on all school levels by next spring. 

The next School Zoning Committee meeting will take place on November 6th in the FCPS main building. 

Chase Cavanaugh first got on the air as a volunteer reader for Central Kentucky Radio Eye, a local news service for the visually impaired. He began reporting for WUKY in February 2012, after receiving his Master’s degree from the University of Kentucky’s Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce.