The construction of the new Ann Arbor High School is underway. School district plans are to have it completed to receive students in the fall of 2007—two years away.
Two years may seem like a long time, but plans are already underway by the AA School District to tackle the question of redistricting (again). It has recently posted “The High School Redistricting Web Survey” on the website: www.aaps.k12.mi.us until September 30, 2005. (direct link to survey)
Now is the time to let your opinions be known!
The school district is planning to use data collected in the survey to help form community forums, the first being held on October 20th.
Some questions to consider: What are your ideas about redistricting?
- What would you like the school district to know?
- How should redistricting be carried out?
- Do boundaries need to be rigidly drawn?
- What about holding a city-wide lottery?
- If boundaries are drawn, what is the most important parameter for the district to consider?
- Could gas prices affect district decisions and possibly the most
important parameter in deciding boundaries?
- What do you think about the racial and ethnic diversity in our schools?
- Is a “neighborhood” school important?
- How do you feel about your children being bused to a high school outside of your immediate neighborhood?
- How should the district ensure quality and diversity in the new school?
Post your questions,thoughts, comments, and concerns here. Let’s candidly discuss this issue as it is complicated, controversial, and will directly affect our children’s higher education!