The New Hanover County School District (district) is beginning the redistricting process for elementary and middle schools to realign school attendance zones. The project is expected to run from July 2019 through December 2019. The project will engage a working committee as well as general public through a comprehensive process. The focus of the work is to develop redistricting recommendation to include the following:

• Populate the new Porters Neck Elementary School, opening for the 2020-21 school year;

• Account for increased building capacity with replacement of Blair and College Park Elementary Schools;

• Efficiently utilize all available space and plan for future growth within the County;

• Establish new attendance zones in accordance with the Guiding Principles established by the Board of Education.

The redistricting study is being managed by a national K-12 consultant, Cropper GIS Consulting (Cropper), who will facilitate the process of working with a committee and public to explore redistricting options. This committee will focus on providing a redistricting recommendation for the district’s elementary and middle schools. Although all efforts will be made to minimize the number of students moved while accomplishing the objectives, it is important to understand that any community could be impacted in terms of elementary and/or middle school assignment.

The work will begin in July 2019, and the process of working with the committee and public will run through November 2019. Meetings are open to the public as observers, and will be held at the BOE Center, located at 1805 South 13th Street. Committee meetings are expected to last two (2) hours and will begin at 3:30 pm. Members of the public are welcome to observe the work of the committee, as long as they do not hinder the work of the committee.

As the process continues, the public is always welcomed to provide feedback via the GENERAL FEEDBACK FORM. The input provided via this form will be studied and taken into consideration as the important work of the district and committee matures. You can also track the latest options that are being considered by the committee using the ONLINE INTERACTIVE MAP. You can view the TIMELINE to learn about future committee and public meeting dates/times/locations.

All of the work of the committee will be shared on this site, so that members of the public can be fully informed on all of the information that is being considered and developed through the course of the project. Thank you for your interest in the New Hanover County Redistricting Study, and we look forward to working with the public on this important project!