Redistricting at North Allegheny
The North Allegheny School District is planning for redistricting for the 2020-2021 school year. School redistricting is the process of redrawing elementary and middle school boundaries to produce an equitable distribution of students among different schools.
The most recent redistricting was implemented during the 2014-2015 school year with the intention that the results would last five to seven years. One of the primary goals of the upcoming redistricting is to develop a scenario that is sustainable and will work well into the future.
Why Redistrict Now?
The District has experienced significant growth over the past few years. Elementary school capacity has not been able to keep up with that growth, resulting in disconnected school attendance zones and an imbalance between where students live and where the schools are located. During the 2017-2018 school year, it was projected by a local, well-known demographer that enrollment will continue to increase significantly in the coming years.
The elementary schools in the District are quickly approaching their capacities for classroom and support spaces for students. Portable classrooms are currently in use at Bradford Woods Elementary and Marshall Elementary in order to accommodate the large and growing student population, and the District is in the midst of a renovation project at Franklin Elementary that will increase the capacity of the building.
The elementary and middle school boundary lines that were last drawn for the 2014-2015 school year can be seen below or on the SchoolSiteLocator website. As mentioned above, there is a visible disconnect between school attendance zones and an imbalance between where students live and where the schools are physically located.
Current Elementary School Zones
Current Middle School Zones
May 2019 Survey and Results
On Tuesday, May 28, 2019, an email with a link to a survey was sent to all K-12 parents and guardians at that time regarding redistricting. The intention of the survey was for families to share what their priorities are in this process. The survey provided parameters and asked parents/guardians to rank the parameters from the highest priority to the lowest priority using a seven-point scale. Based on that survey, the District found that families' top three priorities included:
- Keeping housing plans together.
- Sending elementary school students to the school closest to their home.
- Avoiding sending small groups of students to different middle schools than their elementary school classmates.
North Allegheny appreciates the feedback from all families and is currently using this information from the survey to develop a redistricting scenario.
During the most recent redistricting implemented during the 2014-2015 school year, the District prioritized moving the least amount of students possible. With the District’s ever-growing student population and the expanded capacity at Franklin Elementary School, the District is striving for a long-term solution for the 2020-2021 redistricting, which cannot be achieved by moving the least amount of students. Additionally, 5th grade students were provided the option to complete their final year of elementary school at their current building during the most recent redistricting process. While the flexibility and desire for this option are understandable, the District is likely unable to provide this option in the upcoming redistricting given the number of students who may be moving to a new school.
Timeline for 2020-2021 Redistricting
- Collect feedback to help develop the goals and parameters of redistricting through a survey sent to all NA families on May 28, 2019.
- September 25, 7:00 p.m., A.W. Beattie Career Center: Final redistricting scenario and transition plan will be shared at the School Board Regular Meeting. School Board Meetings and Committee Meetings are always open to the public. Interested community members are welcome to attend.
- September 26: An email will be sent to all families with the final scenario and transition plan details. Parents/guardians can provide feedback to the District by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by offering comments during the informational meeting on October 7.
- October 7, 7:00 p.m., North Allegheny Senior High: An informational meeting for interested North Allegheny families will be held, highlighting the redistricting scenario and transitional plans from District leaders. School Board members will also be present to hear feedback from families. Community members will have the opportunity to provide comments for up to two minutes per person. There will be no pre-registration for speakers.
- October 23, 7:00 p.m., NA Central Administration Offices (200 Hillvue Lane): The School Board will vote on a final scenario for redistricting at its Combined School Board Meeting.
Winter 2019/Spring 2020
- North Allegheny will provide various communications, activities, and resources to families who are changing schools the following year to support students in the transitions.
Further details will be posted to this section of our website as plans continue to evolve over the next several months.