By Sherrie Johnson, Stafford County Schools.

The Stafford County School Board has approved a high school redistricting plan to remedy anticipated overcrowding at Colonial Forge High School.

The School Board approved Option A by a 5-1 vote, with School Board Member Dwayne McOsker abstaining from the vote.

Under Option A, five Area Planning Units — APU 117, 124, 142, 143 and 187 — will attend Mountain View High School.

Autumn Ridge, North Embrey Mill, and the area under consideration for the Winding Creek subdivision will attend North Stafford High School.

The school board also approved by a 6-1 vote a grandfathering and a sibling option for current Colonial Forge High School students. A commitment to grandfather rising CFHS 10, 11, and 12 graders was apparent in the December 2016 work session, and continued throughout the redistricting process.

The sibling policy was developed by School Board Chair Holly Hazard and School Board Member Christopher Connelly, in response to public comment. It allows rising 9th graders to attend CFHS, if the sibling who lives in the same home also attends CFHS.

Further details regarding the specifics of this option and related information and forms are located on the school division website at https://goo.gl/AVd23Z.

The School Board embarked on a new redistricting process designed to garner more public engagement and input. More than 400 people attended the initial community Input and Information session in January. Many of the recommendations from the meeting were included in the final option approved by the school board.

“Throughout this process, the board received an unprecedented amount of information and public input prior to the vote,” said Stafford County School Board Chair Holly Hazard. “Engagement with the public on this always difficult and unpopular effort has been improved, and I hope this type of process will continue with future redistricting efforts. I urge families to stay engaged with the school system, as we address the challenges related to growth in the coming months and years.”

SCPS will send information to families affected by the redistricting.
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