Public hearings set for CMCSS rezoning

The school board has been presented this conceptual plan by RSP and Associates, a third-party consulting firm, that is helping to draw the new zoning lines for the district. Feedback from the public on this plan will be made available during three upcoming public hearings.

The Clarksville-Montgomery County School System has scheduled three public hearings, two virtual and one in-person, to receive feedback on rezoning proposals for the district.

The tentative rezoning plans were first introduced to the Board of Education during its Tuesday, Jan. 4 study session.

The school board voted unanimously to approve the first of two readings on the rezoning on Tuesday, Jan. 11.

The school board is working with RSP and Associates, a third-party consulting firm, to help draw the new zoning lines for the district.

The rezoning has become necessary due to the population and growth trends taking place in the district and also with the opening of the new middle school anticipated later this year.

In the initial, preliminary map, the Kirkwood zoned students would be pulled from everything east of I-24 and north of Highway 76, including areas originally in the Northeast boundary, according to the presentation.

The Rossview boundary would extend south of I-24 until Highway 41 A to include areas in Sango and east of Sango Drive.

The Clarksville High and Richview Middle School boundary would be extended west along the railroad until Riverside Drive. It also includes an area bound by the railroad, Cumberland River, Hickory Grove and Greenwood Avenue.

Planners have been relying on the following considerations and criteria in planning the rezoned areas:

• To rezone as few students as possible

• The proximity of students to existing schools

• Transport students the least distance possible

• Equitable distribution of resources according to the learning needs of all students

• Enrollment capacity of existing schools

• Consideration of free and reduced lunch status (socioeconomic)

• Allow for future growth where possible

The CMCSS Zoning Project Team will first receive feedback on Monday, Jan. 17 via a virtual public hearing.

The second virtual public hearing will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

The third and final public hearing will be in-person on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at Rossview High School at 5:30 p.m.

The final rezoning recommendation will be presented to the Board of Education on Tuesday, Feb. 8 for its final vote and approval.

For more information on the rezoning developments, visit: cmcss.net/zoning.

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