The Manassas School Board has unanimously approved the new boundaries for the city’s schools.
According to a release, the redistricting for Manassas City Public Schools was due to the growing enrollment in the schools, and the capacity issues they were facing.
Redistricting had not been done for Manassas schools in more than 25 years, and the redistricting will eliminate the need for trailers as homerooms, and will balance free and reduced lunch percentages across the city, according to a release.
The redistricting will take effect in different phases, with pre-K through 4th grade boundaries being changed in the 2016-2017 school year, grade 5 in the 2017-2018 school year, and grade 6 during the 2018-2019 school year, according to a release.
The school board voted for the Plan B for elementary and the original plan for the intermediate students, stated a release. To see the plans, click here.
According to a release, parents and the community were very involved in drafting and modifying the redistricting plans.
“When people came forward with better ideas, staff and the Board realized those were better ideas and they are being implemented today,” stated School Board Chairman Tim Demeria in a release.
“I think this is for the better of the city. We’ve ended up with better space utilization relative to the number of students that are correct for each one of our facilities and a safer transportation plan,” stated School Board Vice Chairman Scott Albrecht in a release.
Open houses will be held – each at 6:30 p.m. – to give parents a chance to see their child’s new school and ask questions, according to a release. The open house for Baldwin is May 17, Jennie Dean is June 2, Haydon is June 8, Round is June 6, and Weems is June 9, according to a release.