Pine-Richland elementary school redistricting at beginning of 2021-22 school year - PineCreek Journal

Pine-Richland elementary school redistricting at beginning of 2021-22 school year

Monday, October 14, 2019 | 12:01 AM


Pine-Richland’s redistricting of its three elementary schools will take place beginning with the 2021-22 school year, officials announced after an Oct. 7 committee meeting.

Details of the process for redistricting are contained in a podcast released on the school’s website following the joint student services and operational services committee meeting.

“In addition to the areas of new construction, we know that Pine and Richland townships provide an attractive place for families with school-age children or parents planning to start a family,” Kristen M. Justus, assistant superintendent of elementary education, said in the podcast. “The quality of our school district and the wide range of opportunities available is an important consideration for those families.”

The last redistricting occurred in 2012-13. Overall enrollment has remained steady during that time at about 4,600 students overall and just under 1,300 at the elementary school level. However, there has been a population shift from Richland to Pine that has resulted in enrollment decreasing at Richland Elementary, increasing at Wexford Elementary and decreasing slightly at Hance Elementary, which has the lowest enrollment of the three, over the past five years.

As enrollment continues to increase at Wexford Elementary, Justus explained in the podcast, the building will reach capacity and be unable to sustain the numbers they expect to reach by 2021-22.

The district will update its most recent demographic study, completed in 2016, over the course of this school year to better understand trends in the district, and that will inform more details about the redistricting plan.

Officials expect that plan to be finalized by either summer or fall 2020. The 2020-21 school year will be used as a time to plan for student and teacher transition and transportation changes.

More detailed information can be found at pinerichland.org.Parents and community members are invited by Pine-Richland School District Student Services and Psychological Services to a workshop facilitated by the Highmark Caring Place, A Center for Grieving Children, Adolescents, and Their Families. The workshop, which will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 22 at Eden Hall Upper Elementary School, will provide an introduction to grief and the “spirals of grief” and an overview of how grief affects children, teens, and families. Options for support services will be provided.