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Apr 10, 2017 1:59 PM

Manchester superintendent considers feedback before final redistricting recommendation


MANCHESTER — Superintendent Bolgen Vargas is considering feedback from community members before making a final redistricting recommendation to the Board of School Committee.

According to Manchester Link, the proposal will be phase I, after the Board of School Committee voted last November to approve several parameters to guide Vargas in the redistricting process:

  • Use a phased-in approach that starts with a feeder pattern
  • Be mindful of budget implications
  • Consider external and internal community engagement

Parents, teachers and community members have attended a series of ten public forums to ask questions and offer input on a draft proposal that includes a revised feeder pattern among Manchester’s schools. While the current system splits groups of students from some single elementary schools between multiple secondary schools, proposed changes would streamline neighborhood school assignments so that all graduating students from one elementary school move on to the same middle and high schools.

Vargas will present final recommendations for phase I of redistricting to the full school board on Monday at 7 p.m. On Tuesday, the Special Committee of Redistricting will hold its meeting and hear public comment on Vargas's final proposal.

A special meeting of the full Board of School Committee to vote on the superintendent’s redistricting plan will be held on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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