We feel that Henrico county is not properly addressing the problems with middle school patterns during the Fall 2012 redistricting. Instead of correcting issues, the county seems to be discussing applying “patches” that propose that some neighborhoods go to a faraway school instead of to a nearby school. This is not acceptable to the citizens of Henrico County.
For example, neighborhoods less than a half mile away from Holman MS should not be forced to go 2 miles away to Short Pump MS, just because current feeder patterns are faulty. Not only does this do a disservice to the students, it also costs the county money in increased transportation costs and disrupts communities. Additionally, planned communities that are split for elementary school should at least be able to reunite in middle school.
We urge the county and the school board to correct the entire middle school zone problem NOW and implement changes that keep students close to home with feeder patterns that keep them moving together toward high school.
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