Posted by Terry Alexander - email
PRINCE GEORGE, VA (WWBT) - Hundreds of Prince George elementary school students will be shifted to a different school under a new redistricting plan scheduled to take effect this fall.
Dr. Francis Moore, Superintendent of Prince George County Schools says the redistricting plan will alleviate overcrowding and help eliminate the need to hold classes in mobile units. Moore says all five elementary schools in Prince George County are beyond capacity.
Under the plan, somewhere between five and seven hundred students will be shifted to a different school in September.
School leaders say the construction of the new North Elementary School, which will have capacity for about 750 students, will help free up space.
"We're trying to best use that capacity and also to eliminate as many trailers that we currently have as possible from our other elementaries," Moore said.
Dr. Moore says they will be looking at gender, grades, socioeconomic status and also cultural and racial make-up of the population while deciding which students to move.
The plan will also help the school system be better prepared for the upcoming increase in families at Fort Lee.
"It'll give us room to accommodate those youngsters," Moore said. "Within the next two years is when the majority of that will be felt in the area."
School leaders say within a few weeks staff will begin sending out official notices to parents informing them whether their child will be moved.