The PWCS Office of Planning and Construction formally proposed boundary plan B1 to the school board for the 11th high school. Under this plan Victory Lakes, Sheffield Manor, Independence and the communities along that portion of Devlin and Sudley Manor Drive will remain at Stonewall. Communities along Glenkirk up to and slightly across 29 – which include Virginia Oaks, Glenkirk, and Brookside – will be reassigned from Battlefield to the 11th High School.
The plan will be voted on in 2 weeks. Having been through this sort of thing in the past, generally whatever school staff propose to the school board is approved. That means plan B1 is likely to be the final boundary plan for the western end high schools.
The plan will take effect in the Fall of 2011 when the school opens and calls for 9th and 10th grade students to move to their new school, gives 11th grade students a choice to move to their new school or remain at their old school, and allows 12th grade students to graduate from their current school.
That means the children in 10th grade today will be allowed to graduate from the school they currently attend, children in 9th grade today will be given a choice as to the school they’ll attend, and children in 7th and 8th grade will attend whatever school they’re assigned to under the new plan.
Don Richardson, the School Board representative from Gainesville District, suggested that the plan be enacted in the Fall for students who will move from Battlefield to Stonewall or from Brentsville to Stonewall when the 11th high school is completed. That means that if you live in Victory Lakes or Sheffield Manor and you have a child in 8th grade who expects to attend Brentsville next year, your child may be compelled to attend Stonewall instead. Parents who live in those communities may want to let the school board know what they think of that proposal ASAP.
There seems to be quite a bit of concern regarding Stonewall High School from parents in communities along the Linton Hall corridor. While this will come as no consolation to parents in those communities, officials from Stonewall and PWCS really need to reach out to those communities and attempt to address their concerns.
Whether it’s true of not, Stonewall has become known as the gang school in the county and many parents are worried about sending their children into that environment. Ignoring the problem, or brushing the concerned parents off as elitists, fixes nothing.