Cabell County Schools is busy preparing for the future as the district moves forward with plans to construct several new facilities approved by voters as part the August 2020 School Bond Election.
District leaders say an essential component of that process is identifying schools where there are too few or too many students attending.
“We are currently exploring the idea of redistricting in order to allow us to more equitably meet the needs of students across all of our schools,” says Ryan Saxe, Cabell County Schools Superintendent. “If there are too few students in a building, the number of programs and opportunities we are able to offer may suffer. If there is overcrowding, it becomes challenging for teachers to address the individual needs of all of their students.”
The district has been working with a consulting firm, Cooperative Strategies, to assist it in leading a collaborative community input process. First, the company conducted focus groups with district and school administrators to discuss both the positive and negative impacts of redistricting on their schools and families. With that information, Cooperative Strategies has developed a proposed redistricting scenario and is now seeking public input on that scenario with an online survey.
A link to the “Redistricting Project” and included survey can be found on the front page of the Cabell County Schools website, www.cabellschools.com
. It can also be found under the “About” heading.
“We encourage all district stakeholders to visit our website, watch the presentation, use the school location finder to identify their proposed attendance zones and then share their thoughts with us,” adds Superintendent Saxe. “We’re still early in the redistricting process and no firm decisions have been made. What our stakeholders say with this survey will certainly help guide our steps forward.”
Once all survey results are collected, they will be compiled and shared at two community open houses hosted by Cooperative Strategies for further input. Those open houses are scheduled as follows:
Monday, May 3, 6:00 to 8:00 PM - Huntington High School
Thursday, May 6, 6:00 to 8:00 PM - Cabell Midland High School