Rezoning for Richmond Public Schools starts this week

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The school your child goes to could be changing.

This week, Richmond Public Schools will start rezoning.

School board members are looking at the newest census numbers and trying to draw the lines so each school has roughly an equal number of students.

Richmond schools will host a series of public meetings to satisfy as many parents as possible.

This is the first time in more than a decade the entire district map has been redrawn.

Andrea Gary has a daughter in the 11th grade at George Wythe High School. She says she wouldn't mind being rezoned.

"George Wythe might be one of the better schools," Gary said.  "I don't care for it too much. I'd like to see my daughter graduate from somewhere else."

She may just get her wish.  The Southside could see the most drastic changes. Its population has soared in recent years and two new elementary schools will open in 2013 that will change the map.

Kim Bridges is the chair of the Richmond School Board. She says it's tough to satisfy everyone when rezoning.

That's why she says these public meetings will come into play. You can have your say on where the lines should be drawn.

"You may not get 100 percent of folks that think this is a wonderful thing," Bridges said.  "But you can't end up with a process where people don't feel like they've been included."

Dr. Bill Bosher is NBC12's education expert. He says there are a lot of factors besides population to consider when rezoning.

"You don't want to split communities," Bosher said.  "You want to keep a historical perspective, but it doesn't mean when you're moving young people and families that you're going to keep everybody who's in the same little league or in the same dance class because that's just impossible."

Gary says she plans on going to these meetings so she can help decide where her child will go to school.

"I want to know what's going on, what's going to happen," Gary said.  "I just want to know what's going on with the school my children is going to."

The first meeting is this Thursday evening at 6:30 at Holton Elementary School on the Northside.

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