Consultants share Shrewsbury elementary school redistricting options

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By Melanie Petrucci, Senior Community Reporter

Shrewsbury – The School Committee heard a presentation from consultants from AppGeo during its Jan 6 meeting on five possible options for redistricting Shrewsbury’s elementary schools this fall. That is when the new Major Howard W. Beal Elementary School is due to open.

Joining in the discussion were members of the Redistricting Committee and Assistant School Superintendent Patrick Collins.

Priya Sankalia, project manager with AppGeo, shared a detailed presentation of the five scenarios that balance district guiding principles, e.g., balancing socio-economic equity across the district.

“The committee spent a lot of time on this particular guiding principle. It was really important and came up a lot…it was the first thing that everybody looked at,” Sankalia commented.

She said that there is no “perfect” scenario but each option fulfills guiding principles to varying degrees. Current student data and projected future enrollment and demographics were considered.

In addition to student displacement, other considerations included balancing reduced lunch students across the district, maintaining “neighborhood schools,” walkability and commute time.

School Committee member Dale Magee remarked that it was more important for students to be placed in schools that recognize their needs.

Collins provided the following key dates:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 12 – Redistricting Committee will hold a second virtual Community Forum
  • Wednesday, Jan. 20 – Redistricting Committee will present final recommendation to School Committee
  • Wednesday, Jan. 27 – School Committee will hold a public hearing,
  • Wednesday, Feb. 10 – School Committee will vote on the final plan

To view the complete presentation, click here.