Parents encouraged to stay involved in the redistricting process

  • Posted 9/28/2022

    Pushpins in MapFulton County Schools has begun the process of revising school attendance boundaries throughout the school system. Meetings in North Fulton and South Fulton are scheduled to give parents several opportunities to participate in the process.

    “Round One” meetings were held in September, and those attending heard a presentation about the criteria used to develop boundaries and then broke into facilitated, small group sessions to give feedback. Comments also could be shared afterwards using a special online form that collects reactions and responses about the information presented at the meetings. While thoughts can be shared at any time through planning@fultonschools.org, attending the facilitated meetings or using the online form is preferred because they can generate feedback responses directly tied to the redistricting criteria.

    At the Round Two meetings on October 3 and October 6, parents will get their first look at draft attendance maps created using the feedback from the Round One meetings and those received online. Parents will again gather into facilitated, small-group sessions to review the map proposals and share what they think works well or what changes should be considered. Online comments also will be taken after the meeting so that revised maps can be presented at Round Three meetings (October 18 and October 20). Meeting locations and times on posted on the Redistricting website, www.fultonschools.org/redistricting.

    “Fulton’s approach to revising attendance boundaries has been recognized as a national best practice because of its use of objective criteria and community participation,” said Yngrid Huff, the district’s Deputy Chief Operations Officer. “The data-driven process has been used for more than 20 years to open more than 40 new school sites. This process allows the community to have maximum input in how the proposed attendance lines are created.”

    Each time a redistricting effort is launched, the district hosts three rounds of meetings to gather information. Round One outlines the redistricting process and establishes ground rules for facilitated small-group input sessions. Round Two consists of district staff presenting alternative proposals that were developed with established criteria and community input from the first forum. Round Three entails community members reviewing and providing input on revised attendance zone alternatives.

    FCS planning staff will use all relevant comments to develop final attendance zone options for consideration at the November 8 meeting of the Fulton County School Board. Final action is expected at the December 15 board meeting, and changes will go into effect for the 2023-2024 school year. Affected families will be notified at the beginning of the 2023 calendar year.

    For more information on the redistricting process, visit www.fultonschools.org/redistricting.