The establishment of new and/or revised attendance zones is a complex process. With the opening of two new schools on the horizon (Chatham Grove Elementary School and Seaforth High School), it will be necessary to identify and explore options before making final decisions. Operations Research and Education Laboratory (OREd) from NC State University has a long history, both with Chatham County Schools, and many other districts with this type of work. Our desire is to desire is to begin well ahead of schedule.
During the September 11, 2017, Board of Education meeting, Thomas Dudley, Project Manager for OREd presented a list of Redistricting Priorities, Two Essential Questions, and a Timeline aimed at finalizing the two new school attendance zones by June of 2019. This is a collaborative process that will begin with Board of Education Priority setting and include Community Engagement meetings. Once the new attendance zones are set, parents and students will be notified of school assignment and timelines for implementation.
This process will be directed at resolving current and projected capacity issues at Northwood High School, Pittsboro Elementary, North Chatham Elementary, Horton Middle School, Pollard Middle School, and Perry Harrison Elementary in a way that creates needed student space into the foreseeable future. This will help to eliminate or delay the need to add modular classroom units or brick and mortar additions to these campuses, and/or delay the need to build additional new schools.