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Parent input will play a major role in determining which Oldham County school students will attend as part of a new redistricting process.
The process is unlike any other in the area and will begin with an initial round of public forums March 26-28.
Because of changing enrollments and facility changes, Oldham County Schools officials are planning to redistrict students before the 2014-15 school year.
Decreased birth rates have lowered enrollment projections, and board of education members voted to close Liberty Elementary while postponing the building of a new elementary school late last year.
The procedure will include three rounds of public forums emphasizing small group, facilitated discussions. Each round will have meetings at three different locations throughout the county and an online forum for those unable to attend.
The first round of forums will ask participants for their input on neighborhood zones, pending residential development, historical issues, traffic patterns, safety hazards and other residential characteristics.
Forums are scheduled:
• 6-8:30 p.m. March 26 in the cafeteria at South Oldham High School;
• 6-8:30 p.m. March 27 in the auditorium at Oldham County High School; and
• 6-8:30 p.m. March 28 in the North Oldham High School library.
An online forum will be open until April 12.
The forums are a chance for parents to discuss redistricting with district officials.
During forums in May and August, zoning alternatives will be presented for participants to evaluate in small-group settings. Participants will provide feedback on various aspects of each scenario.
Redistricting will be focused on elementary schools because of Liberty Elementary’s closing, however, middle and high school zones will be evaluated as well.
No draft maps will be created until after the initial forums, nor can officials answer questions about where district lines might be drawn or which school students might attend.
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