From education liaison, Heidi Powell Thompson
The School Board has reached tentative agreement on revised elementary school rezoning maps south of the James, per this article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The original final proposal of the rezoning committee included combining Fisher and Southampton and closing one of those two schools. The revised plan that has been tentatively agreed to keeps both schools open, perhaps an indicator of what will happen in our area with the question of whether or not Cary Elementary will close or stay open.
The Board will vote on the South Side zoning at its August 6 meeting, where it will also set a schedule for discussion and decision-making on settling the North Side r
In the meantime, we can continue to keep the zoning of our Byrd Park neighborhood in the minds of School Board members by sharing the link to this online petition to Unify Byrd Park. Each time a new neighbor signs, each School Board member receives an email notification.
Our neighborhood is currently divided down the middle along a side street for elementary school zoning. The petition requests that the neighborhood be unified at Fox Elementary or at Cary Elementary, depending on whether the School Board decides to implement the Rezoning Committee's final recommendation which closes Cary and zones our neighborhood to Fox, or, if the decision is made to keep Cary Elementary open, it requests to unify our neighborhood there rather than keeping us divided.