Redistricting of Columbia Public Schools Community Forum
Columbia - Smithton Middle School drew in a large crowd Tuesday night allowing Columbia residents to learn more about the redistricting of Columbia's public schools. The community was able to get information on the three alternatives for the intermediate and high school boundaries and give their feedback to committee members.
The three alternatives work with three high schools, six intermediate schools, and 18 elementary schools. The Secondary Enrollment Planning Committee is working to optimize the districts by moving its parts in a way to benefit the Columbia community.
To do this, approach A would focus on minimizing elementary schools feeding into intermediate school attendance areas, and define three contigous high school attendance areas. Approach B would define three contigous high school attendance areas and also define two paired intermediate school cohorts that would feed into those high school areas. Approach C would define 3 new contigous high school attendance ares and six new contigous intermediate school attendance areas.
For each of the three alternatives, the Secondary Enrollment Planning Committee took into account numerous factors such as demographics, population change, subdivisions, and travel distance.
The community can go to the CPS website, view boundary maps, and comment if they wish to provide their opinions for the committee. If residents missed this community forum, they are encouraged to attend another on November 16 at Lange Middle School or November 17 at Gentry Middle School. Both forums will run from 7-9pm.