School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
School Attendance Areas
Upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the School Board shall designate school attendance areas.
The School Board recognizes that only through effective long-range planning for enrollment can the School Division be adequately prepared to meet the needs of its current and future student population. In order to assure such planning, the School Board establishes procedures which require annual review and recommendations from a Building Utilization Committee regarding enrollment trends and their impact on division facilities and which will assure adequate opportunity for community reaction prior to any redistricting decision by the School Board.
The School Division demographer, under the supervision of the Superintendent, shall:
The Superintendent shall create a Building Utilization Committee, with no more than seven (7) members. The School Division Demographer shall chair this Committee. In addition to the Demographer this Committee shall include a representative from School Leadership, and two or three representatives of the School Board. The Council of Civic Organizations and the PTA Council shall also be invited to name one member each to serve as members of the committee.
Between November 1 and March 15 of each year, the Building Utilization Committee, chaired by the Demographer, shall analyze the updated 6-year enrollment projections to determine the impact, if any, of changes in enrollment projections on optimal building utilization and report to the School Board any recommendations. The Building Utilization Committee shall propose a plan for redistricting when building utilization at any school building differs from the optimum building utilization level by exceeding the level by ten (10) percent or by falling below the level by ten (10) percent.
The Committee will receive, at the onset of its discussions, a proposed redistricting plan developed by the Demographer, which may include a recommendation for no action, to provide a basis from which to move forward in making recommendations. The Committee shall consider the proposed plan in light of the factors set forth below. While each of the factors must be considered and discussed, it may be impractical to reconcile each factor in the recommendations which will ultimately be presented to the School Board.
The Committee's recommendations will be incorporated into the final redistricting plan prepared by the Demographer.
Before the Committee's proposed redistricting plan is presented to the School Board for information, the Demographer shall present the proposed plan to the community at one or more community meetings in each area affected by the proposed plan (e.g. a possible single boundary change affecting three schools could be handled by one meeting), where members of the community will have an opportunity to review the plan, to comment on its merit and make suggestions for its improvement.
The Building Utilization Committee shall consider public comment prior to presentation of the proposed redistricting plan to the School Board.
The Building Utilization Committee shall prepare a final report no later than March 15 of each year. The final report will include the redistricting plan developed by the Committee, outlining the advantages and disadvantages of the plan. The report will be presented by the chair of the Committee to the School Board for information at a meeting no later than the second School Board meeting in March.
Prior to taking action on the Committeeís proposed redistricting plan, the School Board must hold a public hearing not less than ten days after reasonable notice to the public in a newspaper of general circulation if the redistricting of school boundaries affects fifteen percent or more of the pupils in the average daily membership in the affected school. Such public hearing may be held on the same day as the School Board meeting at which action on the plan is taken as long as the hearing is held before action is taken.
Upon the establishment of new attendance zones by the School Board, rising fifth, eighth and twelfth graders shall be permitted to continue in their previously assigned schools if they provide their own transportation to that school, and such enrollment will be exempt from the schoolís Optimum Building Utilization requirement by ten (10) percent or more.
For established regulations see School Board Regulation 5-14.1: Criteria for Out-of-Zone/School Attendance Areas and
School Board Regulation 5-10.1: Admission Requirements: General
(See Virginia Beach City Public Schools website at www.vbschools.com)
Code of Virginia, §22.1-79, as amended. Powers and Duties.
Code of Virginia, §22.1-3.3, as amended. Transfer of students under certain circumstances.
Adopted by School Board: October 21, 1969
Amended by School Board: October 15, 1974
Amended by School Board: August 21, 1990
Amended by School Board: July 16, 1991
Amended by School Board: June 15, 1993 (Effective August 14, 1993)
Amended by School Board: October 20, 1998
Amended by School Board: August 17, 1999
Amended by School Board: June 5, 2001
Amended by School Board: August 6, 2002
Amended by School Board: November 19, 2002
Amended by School Board: September 16, 2003
Amended by School Board: September 21, 2010
Scrivener's Amendments: November 7, 2012
Scrivenerís Amendments: January 24, 2014