1000’s of students to be moved under proposed redistricting plan in Cabarrus County

Redistricting proposal to ease overcrowding

CONCORD, NC (WBTV) - Thousands of students will be moved under a proposed redistricting plan now under consideration by the Cabarrus County School Board.

The plan was presented during a work session earlier this week in Concord.

The Delaware firm, Cropper GIS, was contracted by the Cabarrus County School System to come up with a realignment plan.

As a result of the proposal, 1,218 elementary students, 528 middle school students and 2,334 high school students would be moved to other schools.

700 of the 1,218 elementary school students would attend the new Hickory Ridge Elementary School and of the 2,334 high school students, approximately 1,600 will attend the new West Cabarrus High School on Weddington Road.

The next step is to set a public hearing on the proposal, likely during a February 4 work session.

To see the plan and the maps, look at this link: https://www.cabarrus.k12.nc.us/Page/64013.

Cindy Fertenbaugh said the link will include comprehensive information on the recommendation, and maps.

“On the right side of the home page, click on the Student Realignment Study Information link,” Fertenbaugh said. “On the right side of the Realignment page, click on the Interactive Boundary Maps link (about in the middle of the bulleted list) Click on the top arrow/option Choose Map Layers to View. You will then get a dropdown of variations to view. Use the boxes to choose what you would like to see. I find it valuable to always click the first option of “Planning Blocks.” Then you can check on each of the options, one at a time. Often the differences between options 1 and 2 are a few planning blocks around the perimeter of the proposed new map.Some of the options in the dropdown list can be used together, others will cancel out another selection. You can see planning blocks, neighborhoods, and one of the options all together if you like. You can enlarge the maps or make them smaller, much like you would with Google Maps.”

A planning block is a small geographical unit for the committee was able to see the number of students in that area, as they considered adjusting lines.

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