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Officials Urge Patience In Redistricting Discussion

Concerned Fayette County Public School parents are mobilizing to shape the redistricting debate, but the chairman of the committee responsible for recommending new boundary lines says the work is still in preliminary stages.

Redistricting committee chair Alan Stein says he’s received a couple hundred emails and phone calls from parents worried about "travel time, performance of schools, neighborhood integrity, socio-economic diversity... all of those are guiding principles for the committee so they are all under consideration for us, but that doesn't mean that all parents agree what each of those guiding principles should mean."

While Stein makes a point of responding to each correspondence, he says the panel is sifting through a large number of scenarios and it’s still too early to say which, if any, will survive the process.

"We have not made one single decision," he stresses. "There has not been one line drawn."

The committee is expected to hand down its initial recommendations to the school board sometime in March. Until then, all redistricting meetings are open to the public and Stein encourages parents to familiarize themselves with the process before attending and making their voices heard.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.
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