Rezoning Preliminary Proposals for 2018-19

December 19, 2017

The Suffolk School Board invites public input on the Rezoning Plan proposals for upcoming school year 2018-19. Rezoning is tied to the opening of the new Florence Bowser Elementary School and the new Col. Fred Cherry Middle School in September 2018.

Please read through the information below before clicking on the link to see the preliminary drafts.

  1. Type into the School Location a street address with house number to see all five preliminary proposals for that address:

    – Elementary School Preliminary Proposals: 
    1) Current Zone ..2) Florence Bowser & Creekside Only preliminary proposal ..3) City-Wide Elementary Zoning preliminary proposal

    – Middle School Preliminary Proposals: 
    1) Current Zone .. 2) Col. Fred Cherry & John Yeates Only preliminary proposal ..3) City-Wide Middle Zoning preliminary proposal

    – High School Preliminary Proposals: 
    1) Current Zone ..2) High School Zoning preliminary proposal


  2. On the next page, click on the name of each preliminary proposal to see a map
  3. Click into a specific color-coded section on the map to see more information.

 

Click here to see the Preliminary Proposals.


If you’d like to provide comments, click here to open a survey.  

This survey will close on Friday, Jan. 19.

The School Board will weigh the community input as one of many factors in its decision.

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

 

Suffolk Public Schools will open two new schools in September 2018.  The new Florence Bowser Elementary School, located on Nansemond Parkway, will house 1,000 students.   The new Col. Fred Cherry Middle School, located on Burbage Drive, will house 800 students. Designed to be future-ready, both schools have open areas for flexible, project-based learning activities.

The timeline for rezoning decisions:
  • Thursday, January 11, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. — Public Input Session #3
  • Thursday, February 8, 2018 – Formal presentation to School Board
  • Thursday, March 8, 2018 – School Board votes on final rezoning plan
Division-Wide Rezoning Criteria for Elementary, Middle & High
  • Establish contiguous attendance zones using established roadways and geographical features to the greatest extent possible
  • Respect established neighborhood boundaries where possible
  • Redistribute student population to more efficiently
    take advantage of available seats in all buildings
  • Reduce mobile unit usage across the division
  • Attempt to create more efficient bus routes
  • Attempt to maintain diversity that closely matches the school division overall
Florence Bowser Elementary Rezoning criteria:
  • Open FBES with @850 students in September 2018
  • Include the current Driver Elementary student population of 596 students and expand the current Driver attendance zone to include 250-275 additional students from Creekside Elementary
  • Maintain attendance zone using established roadways
    and geographical features to the greatest extent possible
  • Respect established neighborhood boundaries where possible
  • Reduce mobile unit usage at schools affected by rezoning
  • Attempt to maintain diversity that closely matches the school division overall
Col. Fred Cherry Middle Rezoning Criteria
  • Open CFCMS with @650 students in September 2018
  • Redraw the current JYMS zone to eliminate overcrowding
  • Maintain a contiguous attendance zone using established roadways and geographical features to the greatest extent possible
  • Respect established neighborhood boundaries where possible
  • Reduce or eliminate the use of mobile units at JYMS
  • Attempt to maintain diversity that closely matches the school division overall

 

 

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