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FCPS Holds Public Listening Session on Draft Redistricting Plans

Credit Chase Cavanaugh

Educational redistricting was the subject of a Fayette County Public Schools event at Bryan Station High School Thursday night. 

Over 100 parents and neighbors attended a public listening session to discuss draft plans for new Fayette County school districts.  Each sat at a table with one or more members of the redistricting committee, who listened to specific concerns about boundary changes.  According to committee chairman Alan Stein, these concerns were quite specific. 

“This is really on the ground, people who live in these areas are telling us, like this lady here said,
“You know, it’s about the light.  There’s not a left turn light there so we can’t get our kids safely to the school.  We always have to take him the other way,” and although it doesn’t look like that on the map, distance on the map, once you have to make that right turn instead of left turn, it is further away," he said.

Stein emphasized that the plans were still quite preliminary.  While he hopes the committee has a final recommendation by April, they won’t actually take effect until 2016, when new elementary and high schools are constructed.  Fayette County Public Schools will hold another listening session Monday night at Tates Creek High School. 

Additional information on the draft plans, as well as a schedule of meetings can be found at the FCPS website.

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.