Rockingham Redistricting Discussion

By: Kelly Creswell Email
By: Kelly Creswell Email

The Rockingham County School Board is trying to fix its growing pains by drawing up new school district lines.

Some parents, who once thought their children wouldn't be affected, could now be sending their kids to a new school next year. Those parents are asking the school board to hold off on the western side of the county until changes are needed.

Several residents of the Foxcroft neighborhood near Bridgewater say John Wayland Elementary was going to receive 21 students. The new redistricting plans call for 49 students from John Wayland to move to Pleasant Valley Elementary.

Parents say they the knew eastern side of the county was the focus of the redistricting, but they are wondering now why the school board originally felt John Wayland had room to add kids, but is all of sudden considered overcrowded.

"We were really more saddened by the loss of the community that we feel at John Wayland, which is very strong. Many people in the neighborhood have invested quite a few hours up at the school in various forms to really invest in the community and we really feel like we're a part of that school," says Jamie Frueh, a parent whose child goes to John Wayland Elementary School.

There is one more redistricting hearing scheduled for public comment.


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