The redistricting process for Forsyth County’s sixth brick-and-mortar high school is set to begin in September.
The Board of Education was presented the timeline for the process at their work session on Tuesday, which they are expected to approve on Aug. 15.
Denmark High School is scheduled to open in August 2018 between Mullinax and Fowler roads in southwest Forsyth, near two schools – Brandywine Elementary and DeSana Middle – that opened in 2016 to address extended and continued growth in the area.
Redrawing the zoning lines for each school is necessary to populate Denmark, though the process will also relieve overcrowding at existing schools and will, as of now, impact Lambert, South Forsyth and West Forsyth high schools, said Joey Pirkle, deputy superintendent of schools.
“If there are other [overcrowding or feeder pattern issues] we need to look at, they will be presented in the first draft,” he said.
The first draft of the new lines will be presented to the board at their Sept. 12 meeting at 4 p.m. It will then be viewable to the public online for feedback Sept. 13-27.
Another draft will be presented on Oct. 10 with possible revisions based on feedback at the board’s 4 p.m. work session before being approved at a meeting on Oct. 17 at 6 p.m.
On Oct. 24, a public forum will be held at West at 6 p.m.
A called BOE meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Nov. 2 for board members to discuss feedback from that forum and work on possible further changes.
A final draft will be presented to the board on Nov. 7 before the final zoning lines to be effective for the 2018-19 school year are approved at 6 p.m. on Nov. 14
The out-of-district process will be from Nov. 27 through Jan. 19.
Pirkle said standard practice for grandfathering students is that rising 12th-graders and their younger siblings can fill out a form to remain at their current school. They must provide their own transportation to and from school.
Denmark will open with only grades 9-11. The campus is being built for an eventual capacity of 2,500 students.
Another factor being considered during the redistricting process is the opening of the Alliance Academy for Innovation of Cumming-Forsyth County, an alternative workforce development school that will the county’s seventh high school campus when it also opens in August 2018.
The academy will be a 1,200-capacity, and students will apply instead of being zoned.
Superintendent Jeff Bearden said the school’s principal, Brandi Cannizzaro, will speak to the board at the Sept. 12 meeting about populating it and how that will interact with Denmark’s process.