More than 1,000 local elementary school students will go back to school in a different district next year.
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools students are facing the possibility of switching schools as the district begins a widespread redistricting process to eliminate overcrowding and move students to Elementary 11 — the system’s newest elementary school, expected to open in August 2013.
Carrboro High School, which was 84 students over capacity in the 2011-12 school year, is also likely to undergo spot redistricting.
“All of our elementary schools are at capacity and some are severely over capacity,” said Assistant Superintendent Todd LoFrese.
“When we complete the redistricting and (Elementary) 11 opens, it will provide us with needed relief to be able to have our schools at reasonable sizes,” he said.
LoFrese is a member of the redistricting team, which aims to keep schools balanced by socioeconomic status and student achievement levels. The team will also take school distance and bus routes into consideration.
In the next month, a Redistricting Advisory Council will be created to make recommendations on redistricting plans.
The council’s recommendation will be passed on to the Board of Education, which will make a final decision on the plan in January.
Some parents are already concerned about the effect redistricting will have on their children.