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School District Five Board receives update regarding redistricting work and process

For Immediate Release – July 14, 2020

 

School District Five Board receives update regarding redistricting work and process

IRMO – The Lexington-Richland School District Five School Board has received a report outlining initial findings of an enrollment growth study and a timeline for releasing districtwide redistricting recommendations.

 

During the Board’s public meeting on July 13, officials with engineering and planning firm Milone and MacBroome shared that the rate of home sales is increasing for most of the district, with the fastest growth occurring in the Chapin and Lake Murray areas. Milone and MacBroome estimates final recommendations will be presented to the Board in October. 

 

“Our goal is to create a redistricting plan that is sustaining and incorporates the input and feedback of the community,” said Mike Zuba, director of planning for Milone and MacBroome.

 

Parent and community input will be gathered through surveys, and information will be shared with stakeholders through a new webpage, updates to the Board and virtual outreach opportunities. Click the following link to take the redistricting survey (closes July 31): https://bit.ly/3fv2MJ1 

 

“We strongly encourage our community to take part in the survey so that their voices can be heard, and that will influence the work that we do next,” said School District Five Superintendent Dr. Christina Melton. “We’ve got to make sure that we have a high engagement and the opportunity for people to be involved.”

 

As part of the study for School District Five, the firm has collaborated with district and county planners and looked at housing development as well as space needed for instructional programs. Milone and MacBroom officials say stable enrollment is predicted at the elementary, intermediate and middle school levels over the next ten years, while moderate growth is expected at the high school level over the next ten years. 

 

The study by the company was prompted by growth in the Chapin area and a need to redistrict for the planned new elementary school in Chapin, but the firm’s study will take a look at capacity and growth across the district as part of that process. Recommendations by Milone and MacBroome will be presented publicly to the school board for implementation and approval. School District Five will continue to provide magnet options and school of choice options for families.  

 

Established in 1985, Milone and MacBroome has worked with districts across the country, leading 15 enrollment and demographic studies annually and completing 21 redistricting plans that have been implemented within the past five years. 

 

For more information on redistricting in School District Five, including the July 13 report to the school board, visit www.lexrich5.org/redistricting.