Some Fayette County students who would otherwise have to move when attendance boundaries change in 2016 and 2017 might be able to stay at their current schools.
That's one recommendation that the redistricting committee discussed this week.
The committee will suggest to the school board that students in grades 5, 8, 11 and 12 during the years the new zones are implemented be allowed to stay in their current schools if their families choose to keep them there.
Their siblings also would be allowed to stay. But that exception would be made only while the older siblings remain in the school.
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Changes to elementary school boundaries would be implemented in the fall of 2016 when two new elementary schools open. Changes to middle and high school zones would take effect in the fall of 2017 when a new high school opens on Winchester Road.
Tenth-grade students assigned to the new high school also could stay at their previously assigned high school, but no transportation would be provided.
Committee members reached a consensus that families who want to enroll students early in the rezoned schools would be allowed to do so, as long as space is available.
In addition to redrawing school attendance boundaries, committee members will recommend solutions to problems related to redistricting. They hope to make the recommendations in April.
■ Spanish immersion: The committee reached consensus that students enrolled in Spanish immersion programs at Northern, Liberty and Cardinal Valley elementary schools be given priority to stay in the program through 12th grade.
Siblings of those students would get a preference for entry into the programs, as currently happens with students who enter Spanish immersion at Maxwell Elementary.
■ Helping Bryan Station: Bryan Station High School is the only Lexington high school that the state labels as persistently low-achieving, but state officials have said it has made improvements.
The committee plans to recommend that the Informational Technology Academy at Bryan Station be expanded to become a districtwide magnet program. The committee also plans to recommend that an arts program similar to the district's School for the Creative and Performing Arts be added at Crawford Middle School.
Crawford houses the Carter G. Woodson Academy, a program for male students that focuses on high academic achievement. That program is scheduled to move to the new high school in 2017.
The committee also wants to recommend additional resources at high-poverty schools, but members will continue to have conversations "about what that might look like," committee chairman Alan Stein said in a message to district families.