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CCPS will not move forward with county redistricting plan

Posted at 7:12 PM, Jun 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-23 19:12:32-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va, - Last school year, the Chesterfield County School Board voted to hire an outside firm to complete a district-wide study involving redistricting.

That study cost around $25,000.

However, in an email sent out to parents, the school informed them that they would not be acting on that redistricting plan.

"We're going to take a step back, the superintendent that's coming July 1 is going to take a look at the data and have a large community conversation," said Chesterfield County School Spokesman, Shawn Smith.

Smith said the study was still money well spent, but the proposed plan didn't meet the majority of the school system's immediate goals.

However, he said it does give school leaders an idea of what student distributions could take place in the future.

Instead, the school system will focus on immediate needs such as Manchester Middle School which is currently over capacity, and Providence which is under capacity.

"That's the more immediate need," said Smith, "regarding redistricting, we'll look largely at the county-wide redistricting as we go forward."