Study could lead to changes for Norfolk schools

Study could lead to changes for Norfolk schools

Study could lead to changes for Norfolk schools

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by Karen Hopkins, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on February 11, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 11 at 2:02 PM

NORFOLK-Could some Norfolk schools close or some attendance zones change?

Parents will get a first look at options drawn up during a study on school facilities at a meeting tonight at 7 at Lake Taylor High School at 1384 Kempsville Rd.

"The Board hired DeJONG-RICHTER, an Ohio-based educational facilities planning firm, to study Norfolk facilities and demographic and enrollment trends in order to prepare a set of recommendations for the School Board," explained spokeswoman Elizabeth Mather. "Those recommendations may include attendance zone changes and school configuration changes.

Superintendent Samuel King is working to make changes to boost student achievement as nearly 70 percent of Norfolk schools are failing to meet state testing standards.

“It’s very important to say this is a step along the way. There is no plan. Nothing that is presented tonight is final,” Mather added.

After parents and the community get the chance to give feedback, the firm will take that additional community input before moving forward with a report to the Board.  There will be another chance to provide input after that.  Those comments will be incorpprated into the report that provided to the School Board by February 28.

The next public forum is set for Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Norview High School at 6501 Chesapeake Blvd.

A video of the Tuesday forum and a questionnaire will be available on the school division's Web site on Wednesday.

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