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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Where will my kids go to school? It's the question many Henrico parents are asking Thursday. That's after getting a look at a new redistricting proposal.
It was more like a geography lesson for parents as they scrutinized a third set of maps that attempts to incorporate earlier plans, as well as suggestions from the public.
For Henrico Schools it's a balancing act; weighing options that consider school capacities, keeping students with the same group of kids throughout their entire education and yet still close to their homes. That hasn't been accomplished for at least one group of parents.
"We're closest to Deep Run High School out of all the high schools in our area. In pairing one and the new pairing three, we are the only ones being pulled from Deep Run and River's Edge Elementary into the new high school," said Kim McDaniel.
For Chet Wade, though, it is the perfect compromise.
"It seems to recognize the importance of community schools, of community involvement in schools and how important that is at the same time that it brings together the best of the two pairings," he said.
The School Board recognizes it can't always please everyone.
"I believe that any one of those high schools where the students end up, that their families and they will quickly fall in love with those teachers and those school leaders and those ball teams and locations and all the traditions of those schools," said Chair John Montgomery.
Henrico will put up maps for all three plans on its website Friday afternoon. Parents will be able to tell the School Board what they think of each option at public hearings scheduled for May 12, 13 and 14. The school board will cast it's final vote May 28.