Redistricting Plans For Albemarle County

By: Summer Knowles
By: Summer Knowles

Albemarle County is moving forward with its school redistricting plan. They will present the second phase of their proposal over the next three weeks, and some parents and students are not happy with the thought of switching schools.

Rose Mary Losselmon, a mother of two, purchased a home in the Northfields subdivision thinking her kids would be attending a good school nearby. But with a new redistricting proposal for Albemarle County public schools on the table, Losselmon's hopes are fading away. "If I ever knew he wouldn't be attending that school, I wouldn't have bought this house," she says.

The proposed plan redraws district lines across the county in an effort to utilize available school capacity, while keeping students within a reasonable proximity to their homes.

Concerned parents are wondering if a better solution exists. "Why can't they come to a solution in a way that's not going to take my son away from this neighborhood and this area and send him to school miles away?" asked Losselmon.

For example, under this proposal, students who currently attend Agnor Hurt Elementary School would next year attend school at Woodbrook Elementary. But some parents are less than thrilled with the idea.
"I would really be opposed to it," says Cindy Hinton, a parent whose son would be affected by the redistricting. "We're happy with the school he's in now, that's one of the reasons we moved out here, and we would really like to stay."

Parents whose kids most likely won't even be affected by the redistricting are still cringing at the possibility. "I would not be in favor of it. I think it would be very discerning to have them uprooted and place in a new environment," says Zondra Hannah, a mother of three Albemarle County students.

The next information session to discuss the redistricting plan will be held May 24th at Albemarle High School at 7 p.m.

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