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Redistricting Meetings Set for Bethany Bend High School
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Redistricting Meetings Set for Bethany Bend High School

ALPHARETTA, GA -- Three community meetings are set to address the redistricting process for a new high school in northern Fulton County:

* Wednesday, Feb. 23
* Wednesday, Mar. 16
* Wednesday, Apr. 13

All three meetings will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Alpharetta High School (3595 Webb Bridge Road, 30005). Parents, staff and community members are invited to attend and give their input.

The high school will be constructed at the corner of Bethany Bend and Cogburn Road in Milton. It is scheduled to open in August of 2012.

Existing attendance zones of other North Fulton high schools will be modified to create the new school's attendance zone.

Each time a redistricting effort is underway, the school system holds three rounds of meetings to gather information needed to draft a proposal that best meets the community's needs.

Unlike other school systems, Fulton County uses a process that encourages public discussion before developing a proposal. This allows the community to have maximum input in how the proposed attendance lines are created.

Round One (Feb. 23)
* School system staff outlines redistricting process and establishes ground rules for facilitated small group input sessions
* Participants move to small group sessions and input is gathered related to the redistricting criteria
* Staff reviews public comments and applies school board-approved redistricting criteria to develop alternative attendance zone plans prior to the next community forum

Round Two (Mar. 16)
* Staff presents alternative proposals for attendance zones that were developed with established criteria and community input from the first forum
* Community members comment on strengths and weaknesses of each plan in facilitated small group discussions
* Prior to the next forum, staff condenses the number of attendance zone alternatives based on public input

Round Three (Apr. 13)
* Community members review and provide input on revised attendance zone alternatives in facilitated small group discussions
* Staff uses comments to develop final attendance zone options for school board consideration

During the meetings, community members will review the school board's redistricting criteria and can comment on residential development, traffic, previous redistricting, special programs and other relevant issues.

The Fulton County Board of Education is scheduled to vote on the new attendance zones in June 2011. Zones changes will go into effect when the new school opens in August 2012.

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