Ellen Gish, who lives in the Waterford neighborhood, was particularly happy about a tentative change that the Fayette County Schools redistricting committee made Thursday.
The committee reassigned her home in Waterford from Southern Elementary to Veteran's Park Elementary. Several students who live in Waterford, including Gish's daughter, live within a mile of Veterans Park and had been receiving out-of-area permission to attend there. The committee's tentative decision simply codified that situation, Gish said.
Currently, children in Waterford attend Veterans Park, Southern and Lansdowne, Gish said. Under the tentative decision, all of them will be assigned to Veterans Park.
"My husband and daughter walk to school maybe twice a week," Gish said. "That's really valuable time for them, so we would have hated to put her on the bus."
The committee made a few other tentative decisions, primarily based on school capacity, chairman Alan Stein said.
The Pinnacle neighborhood was moved from Southern Elementary to Veterans Park Elementary. The Charleston Gardens neighborhood was reassigned from Millcreek to Veterans Park Elementary.
The Windham Meadows neighborhood, currently assigned to Picadome, had been tentatively assigned to Stonewall under a proposal released in January. But on Thursday night, the committee decided Windham Meadows should be reassigned to Clays Mill.
The Robinwood neighborhood had been split, with part of it going to Wellington and part of it going to Stonewall. But many students who live in Robinwood can walk to Wellington, so the committee tentatively reassigned the whole area to Wellington.
The committee decided that Stone Creek, which the committee had tentatively reassigned from Stonewall to Wellington under a proposal made in January, will stay at Stonewall.
The committee's work is coming to a close. It hopes to send a recommendation to the school board in a few weeks.
The committee is redrawing school attendance boundaries in anticipation of two new elementary schools that will open in 2016 and a new high school that will open in 2017. When the committee meets again at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, it expects to finish a discussion of elementary schools, including where the Greenbriar and Walnut Grove neighborhoods will be assigned. Committee members also expect to begin to talk about school feeder patterns.