Elementary School Redistricting Update:
The Stafford School Board voted unanimously on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 to redistrict students from Margaret Brent Elementary School to Falmouth Elementary School. School Board members approved Option Three, which moves 65 students residing in Area Planning Unit 189, the Manor at England Run Apartments from Margaret Brent to Falmouth Elementary School.
The School Board decided to consider redistricting to address the increasing current and projected enrollment of students in the division. The increasing number of students attending Margaret Brent this year was of particular concern. Margaret Brent Elementary School is currently operating at 98 percent of design capacity. Community Townhall meeting hosted by School Board Vice Chair and Falmouth area representative Scott Hirons was held as well as a Public Hearing at T. Benton Gayle Middle School to hear citizen comments on redistricting.
Selected Option: Elementary School - Option 3
High School Redistricting Update:
On March 28, 2017, the Stafford School Board approved a high school redistricting plan to remedy the anticipated overcrowding at Colonial Forge High School in 2020-21. The School Board approved Option A by a 5-1 vote with School Board Member Dwayne McOsker abstaining from the vote. Under Option A, five Area Planning Units including APU 117, 124, 142, 143 and 187 will attend Mountain View High School and Autumn Ridge, North Embrey Mill and the area under consideration for the Winding Creek subdivision will attend North Stafford High School.
The School Board also approved, by a 6-1 vote, a grandfathering and a sibling option for current Colonial Forge High School students. A commitment to grandfather rising CFHS 10, 11, and 12 graders was apparent in the December 2016 Work Session and continued throughout the redistricting process. The sibling policy was developed by School Board Chair Holly Hazard and School Board Member Christopher Connelly in response to public comment. This would allow rising 9th graders to attend CFHS if the sibling who lives in the same home also attends CFHS.
The School Board embarked on a new redistricting process designed to garner more public engagement and input. Over 400 people attended the initial Community Input and Information Session in January. Participants provided input into the process. Many of the recommendations from the meeting were included in the final Option approved by the School Board.
Redistricting Contact Information
If you have any questions about your new school, please contact:
Mountain View High School
Sarah Hodges, Director of Counseling, firstname.lastname@example.org 540-658-6540
Dr. Jim Stemple, Principal, email@example.com 540-658-6540
North Stafford High School
Carol Mayer, Counseling, firstname.lastname@example.org 540-658-6150
Colonial Forge High School
Rosa Smith, Registrar, email@example.com 540-658-6115
Redistricting Consideration 2017
The Stafford School Board is examining a variety of options, including redistricting, to address the increasing current and projected enrollment of students in the division. The increasing number of students at Colonial Forge High School is of particular concern at this time. Moreover, student projections at some schools at the elementary school level are also of concern. In addition, schools in the past that were near capacity have “aged out” and are under capacity at this time. Thus, the School Board is embarking on a comprehensive review of these projections, capacity data and mandated federal programs to determine how best to utilize current and future school capacity. This review will also be used as the School Board considers future budgets and the School Capital Improvement Program.
Stafford County Public Schools is committed to a comprehensive and collaborative approach that will engage all community members throughout the redistricting consideration process.
A Community Input and Information Session is scheduled on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Colonial Forge High School. In case of inclement weather, this community meeting will take place on January 30, 2017. This Community meeting is designed to provide information about the current and expected growth in our school community and to allow an opportunity for all citizens to engage in a collaborative process to identify possible solutions.
In order to keep the community fully informed and provide opportunity for maximum citizen involvement in the process, please observe the following information:
If you have any questions or comments, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Areas Under Consideration
Elementary Redistricting 2017-18
The redistricting of The Manors at England Run from Margaret Brent Elementary to Falmouth Elementary School and England Run Pointe from Ferry Farm Elementary to Falmouth Elementary School is currently under consideration by the School Board. Student data information and transportation data will be reviewed at the School Board Work Session scheduled for December 20th at 5:30pm. Decisions will be discussed at a Public Hearing with the communities in March.
Elementary School Redistricting Options:
High School Redistricting 2017-18
Colonial Forge is currently under consideration for redistricting in 2017-18 due to overcrowding. Mountain View High School and North Stafford High School would be the receiving schools. A community planning meeting is scheduled for January 26th at Colonial Forge High School.
The Stafford School Board used this worksheet to develop options for redistricting. The table has a column for each option and the proposed high school for redistricting is indicated in each column.
Selected Option: Option A
Options Not Selected: