As expected, the Forsyth County Board of Education approved the second draft of the school system’s redistricting plan for the 2014-15 year during its meeting Thursday.
Changes — including keeping some students slated to shift to Johns Creek Elementary at Sharon Elementary — have been made to the map since the first version.
The new draft also moves East Ridge at Stoney Point along with other parts of the neighborhood to Big Creek Elementary, lowering enrollment at Shiloh Point by 40 students.
The school system is asking for feedback on the latest version of the proposed district lines on its website through Nov. 1.
In addition, parents are encouraged to voice concerns and questions during two feedback meetings this week — Tuesday for affected elementary school families and Thursday for those in middle school. Both sessions will be at 6 p.m. in South Forsyth High School’s auditorium.
For more information about redistricting, or to offer input, visit www.forsyth.k12.ga.us/redistricting.
New school needs name
Though it’s been called “Elementary School No. 14” for years, the system’s newest facility will actually be the 21st.
And by the end of the year, that elementary school will have an official name, said Jennifer Caracciolo, system spokeswoman. It’s set to open in 2016 in southwest Forsyth.
“We are looking for names that have historical significance and so we do open it up to the community,” she said. “We have a local study group.”
The group will include three principals and one local school council member from Shiloh Point, Midway and Vickery Creek elementary schools, which will each shed a portion of their enrollments to form the new school.
A member of the county’s historical society will also be in the group. Name suggestions will also be solicited on the school system’s website.
The group will narrow the possibilities to about three or four for the local school councils to review.
A name will likely be voted on during the Dec. 12 school board meeting.
Facilities plan getting update
The school board was updated on progress with the 2014-19 Local Facilities Plan, slated to be submitted to the state a year early.
The plan, which outlines construction needs, is typically revised every five years, however Tim Amerson, facilities planning coordinator, said the need was too great to wait another year.
The growth of the school system is exceeding its ability to fund capital projects. The priorities include building another middle school in south Forsyth and expanding North Forsyth and Lambert high schools and Riverwatch Middle School.
A new high school in southwest Forsyth ranks fifth in the list of priorities, followed by additions to South Forsyth Middle School.
Board members are slated to approve the updated plan during their Nov. 21 meeting, following discussion.
The plan would be implemented in July, if the state Department of Education approves it in the spring.