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Superintendent Proposes Redistricting Map

The superintendent presented his recommendation for the redrawn elementary school boundaries for the 2013-2014 academic year Wednesday night.

Superintendent William McAlduff presented his recommendation for redistricting that would have four major areas of students changing districts to ease increasing enrollment in Winchester.

“Since the last elementary school was constructed seven years ago, enrollment has lead to capacity strain at every school,” McAlduff said. “With each elementary school at or over capacity, redistricting has to be done.”

Part one of the solution began in 2008 with the reconstruction of and  elementary schools which have two module classrooms each. Twelve classrooms will be added by 2013 when the  is finished. Two classrooms will be added to the , McAlduff said.

“However, construction, reclaim and relocation are not enough to fix the problem," the superintendent continued. "If there were no redistricting, project enrollment would be far too high. Redistricting must be the last action taken."

The Winchester Redistricting Advisory Committee focused on equitable distribution of schools, providing specialist space, development of plan that adapts to future projections. McAlduff explained this group met regularly, analyzed census data, went over 30 different models, held two public meetings and gathered online feedback.

The map put forth by the superintendent is but a reviewed and revised plan built from feedback from the community. 

“Four major areas have students moving from one district to the other," McAlduff said. "These provide enrollment equity, disruption equity 90 students impacted, program equity, resource equity, neighborhood stability, budget stability, sustainability."

What do you think about the proposed redistricting maps? Let us know in the comments.

The attached image shows the superintendent's recommendations. The map will also be posted on the redistricting website.

"I want to stress that fifth graders in the 2013 class will be grandfathered into their original schools in 2013,” McAlduff said.

The next school committee meeting will be June 4; this meeting will be open to public commenting and opinion. The plan will be voted on June 7 and implemented in September 2013.

outsidein May 31, 2012 at 02:11 PM
RSB, you started off with all these inflammatory process about "amateurish" town and "biased" committee members. You aren't the only person in Winchester raising children, working long hours, and in many cases dealing with elderly parents, sick animals, and whatever else consumes 110% of most people's lives. I find it hard to believe that you didn't have 3-5 hours over the past 6 months to attend the two public meetings and submit comments and suggestions to the committee. Your "woe is me, I'm too busy with my life arguement really is a shame on you. I mean, really, you couldn't find 5 hours over the past 6 mos to get somewhat engaged in this? It seems so important to you now.
RSB June 01, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Maybe this came up already and people have dismissed it for other reasons, but the real solution is a much Bigger Muraco. Then we wouldn't need the card shuffling of kids that's going on now. Too bad VO isn't more centrally located. Based on the density of that area, it looks like it will never be full until another round of mapping happens again.
Sally Ann H McCarthy June 02, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Reading these comments...hmmm, it's saying between the lines..if no one from your neighborhood attended the public meetings and or submitted verbal comments and suggestions to the committee, that neighborhood would be redistricted????
outsidein June 02, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Not sure what lines your trying to read between, but the redistricting was done to balance the number of children at each school. Input was solicited from anybody interested. I don't think the RAC looked at which neighborhoods didn't submit comments and specifically targeted them for redistricting. That's quite a conspiracy theory. I think its safe to say though that if you didn't participate, or at least listen to the discussions over the past 6 months then you really have no basis to complain about not knowing about redistricting or being aware of what was being discussed.
Mom of 2 June 03, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Sally Ann - no, that is not a fair assumption at all. Two of the most vocal groups at the public meetings are slated to move in 2013 with the current proposal. Speaking out - and speaking out in large numbers - did not seem to make any difference for those areas (I'm referring to the Ambrose "Westland Walkers" and certain parts of the Flats moving from Lynch to V-O)

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