After a process lasting over two years, Moore County Schools Superintendent Dr. Bob Grimesey has presented his final recommendation Tuesday for a district-wide redistricting plan to be implemented over the next couple of years.
The redistricting followed four guiding principles laid out by the school board at the beginning of the process. Balance, Efficiency, Planning, and Community were the goals the redistricting was attempting to meet.
When discussing school capacity, there are two factors to be considered. Core capacity is the capacity of the cafeteria, restrooms, media center, and other core functions. The other is the capacity of the classrooms, with the lower of the two being the select capacity.
Shifting demographics have left some Moore County Schools under capacity (especially in the Northern part of the county) and other schools overcrowded. The addition of four new elementary schools with a capacity of 800 students will alleviate overcrowding at several schools and allow more efficient use of facilities. You can see the proposed plan, along with maps, here.
The district retained the services of Numerix, a consulting firm that provides data-driven decision support for public school planners. An advisory committee included principles from the districts three high schools, as well as Central Office Staff, and a parent and teacher from each impacted school.
This proposal is not final, however. The school board has a public hearing scheduled to discuss the redistricting plan September 12, 6 p.m., at Union Pines. The school board will make the final decision after the public hearing.
The next regularly scheduled school board meeting is Monday, September 9, at 5 pm.
~Written by Sandhills Sentinel Local News/Government Reporter Chris Prentice.
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Feature photo via Moore County Schools.