Ferry Farm ES

Ferry Farm—the county’s oldest elementary school—may see more students under a redistricting plan.

By FROM STAFF REPORTS

The Stafford School Board will hold its first town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Drew Middle School on a redistricting plan that affects all 17 of the county’s elementary schools.

The town hall will not be cancelled even though Stafford schools are closed.



The county hired Sterling-based ARCBridge Consulting to redraw elementary school attendance zones to balance out enrollments across the district. Middle and high school attendance zones are not part of the plan.

The School Board hopes to take a vote on the new attendance zones by late February or early March after town hall meetings and a public hearing.

Any changes will go into effect in August 2019, though rising fifth-graders will be grandfathered in if their parents can transport them to and from their current schools.

Most elementary schools would be at less than 90 percent capacity next school year under both proposals, with the exception of Ferry Farm, Hampton Oaks, Kate Waller Barrett and Moncure, according to the consultant’s projections.

In fact, Ferry Farm—the county’s oldest elementary school—is projected to be at 97 percent capacity by 2025 under a plan to move Olde Forge and Rappahannock Landing into its attendance zone. Students from those neighborhoods now attend Rocky Run.

No School Board members offered opinions of the proposals after the consultant’s presentation at a recent School Board meeting. One member requested a report on the length of bus trips under each plan, while another asked how many students would have to change schools.

For a detailed presentation of the redistricting proposals, visit staffordschools.net/domain/4782.

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