Albemarle County Public Schools
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, VA — The Albemarle County School Board has approved the redistricting of 94 current students from Agnor-Hurt Elementary School beginning with the next school year, in August of 2013. The move will reduce overcapacity at the school, which as of September 30, 2012, had more than 140 students above its recommended limit.
The Board also voted to take no action regarding Meriwether Lewis Elementary School, which, similar to the Agnor-Hurt study, was the subject of a review by a community advisory subcommittee and by Superintendent Dr. Pamela R. Moran.
The Board's decisions follow a series of public meetings that were held in December and a public hearing that was held this week. Residents also offered their opinions on various redistricting options developed by the advisory subcommittees through online surveys.
Beginning in August, 46 students from neighborhoods along Woodlands and Earlysville Roads will move from Agnor-Hurt to Broadus Wood Elementary School. A total of 28 students from the Townwood and Squirrel Ridge areas will transfer to Greer Elementary School, and 20 students from Northfield and Huntington Roads will attend Woodbrook Elementary School. All rising fifth graders at Agnor-Hurt and their siblings will be permitted to remain in their present school for one more year, but they must provide their own transportation or use an existing Agnor-Hurt bus stop if bus capacity is available.
In a related decision, middle school students who now live in the Northfield and Huntington Roads neighborhood will transfer from Burley to Jouett Middle School, which will allow all future Woodbrook students to attend the same middle school. Parents of rising sixth, seventh and eighth grade students who live within the Northfield and Huntington Roads neighborhood can elect to keep their students at Burley for the duration of middle school, but they must provide their own transportation or use an existing Burley bus stop if capacity allows.
"Both the School Board and Superintendent Moran greatly appreciate the service of those citizens who participated on the redistricting subcommittees as well as the contributions of those who provided input over the past six months," said Josh Davis, Chief Operating Officer for Albemarle County Public Schools.
Davis said a transition plan is being established to assist those families who will be transferring schools next year.