The final recommendation map for redistricting has been placed on-line. The Fulton County Board of Education will review the new attendance zone recommendations during their January meeting. Final action is planned for February 2015. The final recommendation impacts the following attendance zones in the Centennial cluster.

  • Esther Jackson ES to the New Hwy 9 ES – Areas along Holcomb Bridge Rd and Old Holcomb Bridge Rd west of Dogwood Rd including The Crossings at Woodbridge
  • Hillside ES to Esther Jackson ES – All the area west of Old Dogwood Road including Wood Creek Apts.
  • River Eves ES to Hillside ES – All residential areas that empty onto Nesbit Ferry Rd and the eastern half of Champions Green Pkwy, including Arden Place, Ashley Crossing, Devonshire, Nesbitt Reserve, Ashley Forest, Bershires on Nesbit Ferry and Rivercrest
  • Holcomb Bridge MS to Haynes Bridge MS – All areas north of Holcomb Bridge Road between GA-400 and Old Scott Rd including Terramont, Cenennial Ridge, The Overlook at Centennial, The Hilands at Centennial, Centennial Walk and Walton Centennial. All areas northwest of Scott Rd including Nesbit Lakes and Nesbit Ridge.

Final Recommendation Map PDF

Final Recommendation Packet PDF


The third round of the redistricting process was held at Centennial on Wednesday, December 10. At that meeting, one map was presented for comment. This map may or may not be the one that is presented to the Fulton County Schools Board of Education for review at their January meeting and then for final action vote in February.

We are now at the point where we can voice our opinions about the map to our school board members. The Centennial cluster is affected by this map, so please look at the map and let our board members know what you think. They have the power to ask Fulton County Schools staff to come up with an alternative map if warranted. You can also speak at the upcoming school board meetings to address the entire school board and Superintendent. These decisions are very important to our cluster.

Round 3 Draft Map http://www.fultonschools.org/en/divisions/ops/plan/2014%20North%20Fulton%20Redistricting/Round%203%20Draft%20Plan%20(with%20street%20names).pdf

Round 3 Handout
http://www.fultonschools.org/en/divisions/ops/plan/2014%20North%20Fulton%20Redistricting/Round%203%20Handout%20(Corrected).pdf

Round 3 Presentation
http://www.fultonschools.org/en/divisions/ops/plan/2014%20North%20Fulton%20Redistricting/Round3present.pdf

The Centennial cluster is represented by the following three board members.

Julia Bernath – bernath@fultonschools.org
Linda Schultz – SchultzL@fultonschools.org
Linda McCain – McCainL@fultonschools.org

Please contact any CHS PTSA board member if you have questions. We will direct you to some that can answer them.


The second Redistricting meeting was held on Wednesday Nov. 5 at Alpharetta High School.  Earlier that day as promised, the three plans for redistricting were placed on the FCS website and then presented that evening at the meeting.  Community members that attended were placed in small groups to comment on the pros and cons of each of the maps.

Although the area west of GA 400 near Holcomb Bridge Road was heavily discussed during the first redistricting meeting, Yngrid Huff, Executive Officer of Operational Planning at Fulton County Schools stated that they will not make changes using GA 400 as a dividing line.  She said that the large number of students in that area could not all be housed at schools in the west side of GA 400. She also noted that they conducted a study and concluded that Mimosa Elementary would have 1200 students at their school just with students who reside between Mimosa Elementary and GA 400. That number alone exceeds Mimosa Elementary’s capacity.

The final redistricting meeting will be at Centennial on Wednesday, December 10 at 7:00 PM.  One map will be presented for comment.

Plan A: NFRound2_PlanA
Plan B: NFRound2_PlanB
Plan C: NFRound2_PlanC

Round 2 Online Comment Form

Additional information may be found on the FCS Redistricting Website.


At the first of three redistricting meetings held at CHS last week, attendees were provided with information on the criteria that Fulton County Schools will use to determine the district lines of our schools. Primary criteria is geographic proximity, instructional capacity and projected enrollment. When primary criteria cannot determine the option, secondary criteria of traffic patterns, previous rezoning, special programs and school feeder alignment will be studied.

Individual input was sought when we were placed in smaller groups of current common middle school attendance zones. We were asked the following questions:

  • In terms of factors such as natural geographic barriers, homeowners associations, and shared amenities what neighborhood areas should remain together and why? .
  • What traffic concerns do you have that may impact the safe and timely transportation of students to and from schools?
  • Are there residential development trends in your area that may impact future school enrollment
  • Have there been issues regarding multiple school rezonings in your area

Using input from these responses and the established criteria, three maps each for elementary, middle and high schools will be created and presented for review and comment at the next Redistricting meeting which will be held on November 5 at 7pm at Alpharetta HS.

Redistricting affects everybody in the community. Please consider being part of the process.


Redistricting meetings set for new elementary schools, middle school additions

Three community meetings are set for October 8, November 5, and December 10 to address the redistricting process for two new schools in Roswell as well as classroom additions at three North Fulton middle schools.

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About the new schools/additions
One of the schools (“Highway 9 Elementary School”) is already under construction at the intersection of Highway 9 and Thomas Drive in Roswell. Scheduled to open in August 2015, it will temporarily serve as Esther Jackson Elementary School for one year only so that school can be torn down and be rebuilt on its site. Once the new Esther Jackson opens in August 2016, the Highway 9 school will re-open with a new identity (official name TBD) to the students in its newly developed attendance zone.

Classroom additions being built at three middle schools (Autrey Mill Middle School, Hopewell Middle School, and Taylor Road Middle School) also require that attendance zones in area schools be examined so that enrollments can be balanced. High school boundaries will be reviewed at the same time, but only to address any feeder pattern misalignments that could occur from middle school adjustments.

About the redistricting process

Each time a redistricting effort is under way, the school system holds three rounds of meetings to gather information needed to draft a redistricting proposal that best meets the community’s needs. Unlike other school systems, Fulton uses a process that encourages public discussion before developing a proposal. This allows the community to have maximum input in how the proposed attendance lines are created.

Meetings are planned for:

Round One October 8, 7-9 p.m. at Centennial High School

  • School system staff outlines redistricting process and establishes ground rules for facilitated small-group input sessions.
  • Participants move to small-group sessions and input is gathered related to the redistricting criteria.
  • Staff reviews public comments and applies school board-approved redistricting criteria to develop alternative attendance zone plans prior to the next community forum.

Round Two – November 5, 7-9 p.m. at Alpharetta High School

  • Staff presents alternative proposals that were developed with established criteria and community input from the first forum.
  • Community members comment on strengths and weaknesses of each plan in facilitated small-group discussions.
  • Prior to the next community forum, staff condenses the number of attendance zone alternatives based on public input.

Round Three December 10, 7-9 p.m. at Centennial High School

  • Community members review and provide input on revised attendance zone alternatives in facilitated small-group discussions.
  • Staff uses comments to develop final attendance zone options for Board consideration.

To maximize input, parents and community members also can participate online through the redistricting website once it goes live on October 8.

Criteria used for developing redistricting proposal
During the meetings, community members will review the school board’s redistricting criteria and can comment on residential development, traffic, previous redistricting, special programs and other issues relevant to the criteria used for redrawing attendance lines.

Primary Criteria

  • Geographic Proximity – Distance traveled using available routes of transportation.
  • Instructional Capacity – Number of students who can be accommodated at the school, taking into account the number of classrooms and resource rooms needed for art, music, labs, English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), special education and Talented and Gifted (TAG) programs.
  • Projected Enrollment – Number of students assigned to a school, taking into account the future projected enrollment.

Secondary Criteria

When primary criteria indicate more than one option, options are evaluated on the basis of:

  • Traffic Patterns – Factors impacting accessibility of the school from all portions of the attendance zone, including travel time, traffic flow in the area, safe operation of school buses and other safety considerations.
  • Previous Rezoning – The school system seeks to avoid rezoning neighborhoods more than once during a three-year period if facility sizes and geographic distribution of student populations allow.
  • Special Programs – Special programs are those serving children with special needs that require use of additional space over and above a regular classroom. Where possible, the school system avoids setting attendance zones that would place a disproportionate number of special programs at a school.
  • School Feeder Alignment – Where possible, consideration is given to the alignment of elementary, middle and high school attendance boundaries.

The Fulton County Board of Education is scheduled to vote on the new attendance zones in February 2015. Changes in middle school attendance zones will go into effect in August 2015 with elementary zone changes following in August 2016.

 

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