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Scenarios streamlined for Chatham Grove attendance zone

Chatham Grove Elementary School in May 2019
PITTSBORO — Members of the Chatham County Board of Education have narrowed their options pertaining to how they’ll determine the attendance zone for Chatham Grove Elementary School, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2020 on Andrews Store Road, across from Margaret B. Pollard Middle School.

In February, input sessions at North Chatham, Perry W. Harrison and Pittsboro elementary schools allowed community membersChatham Grove Elementary School in May 2019 to see three preliminary scenarios for the attendance zone, weigh in on how the Chatham Grove attendance zone should be drawn and ask clarifying questions. As well, the district deployed a survey wherein community members could provide information reflecting their preferences. That input, coupled with consideration from board members, resulted in the creation of six scenarios for the attendance zone.

Board members during their May 13 meeting narrowed those options to two. One of those options, known as Scenario D, reflects the following benefits outlined by consultants from the Operations Research and Education Laboratory (OREd):

  • balances the potential enrollment at the four elementary schools against their capacity in order to have seats available for unanticipated growth
  • prevents overcrowding at Chatham Grove upon Year 5 of opening
  • allows students who live on Mt. Gilead Road to attend a closer elementary school
  • assigns the Briar Chapel community to a single elementary school attendance zone, not dividing neighborhoods
  • assigns the Chatham Park community to a single elementary school attendance zone, not dividing neighborhoods
  • allows room for projected growth at all elementary schools in the region

Scenario E incorporates the aforementioned criteria except for assigning the Chatham Park community to a single elementary school attendance zone, and it would not allow room for projected growth across the region’s elementary schools.

The Chatham Grove attendance zone would impact students at Perry W. Harrison and Pittsboro elementary schools. 

 Published May 30, 2019