Boundary changes for Chesterfield middle schools

By Melissa Correa - bio | email
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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – Chesterfield parents will square off with the school board over proposed boundary changes that would separate some middle school students. Those Chester Middle students will be divided between two schools starting in the fall.

Hannah Hart and Meghan Herrman are best friends. And now that Chester Middle School is closed, both will embark on middle school together.

"All my friends were going to go to Chester. And I would know only a couple of people going to Davis, but now most of my friends are going to Davis," said Meghan.

Hannah Hart was slated to go to Chester Middle School, but next year it's slated to be a freshman campus to relieve overcrowding at Thomas Dale High.

"I wanted to go to Chester Middle School, but Davis will be fine," Hannah said.

It may be fine... But it's not ideal for Hannah's mom.

"At the most a 10 minute bus ride after all of the stops to get to Chester Middle School, and now we're probably looking at about 30 minutes," said Heather Hart, Hannah's mother.

Some parents are also concerned about the traffic on Route 10- which heads to Davis Middle. Other parents are worried their neighborhoods will be divided.

"It's the southside of Rt. 10 and two streets from that neighborhood are slated to go to Carver out of the neighborhood, the main roads, are slated to go to Davis," Heather said.

In order to figure out which students are going to Davis Middle School the school district is using the railroad tracks as a dividing line. Anyone living east of the tracks will go to Davis, but you cross just a few yards over heading to the west, and you've got students heading to Carver.

But both schools are similar. The pair are relatively new and can hold the same amount of students; 1280. This duo is just excited to be moving on together, even if it does mean a longer bus ride.

"I will just have to take something to do on it," said Hannah.

Along with this proposed option, parents in that neighborhood that would be split are recommending either students in the entire neighborhood attend Carver or Davis.

If you'd like to attend tonight's public hearing, it begins at 6:30 at the Chesterfield County Government Complex. That's on Ironbridge Road.

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