The new school zoning lines were drawn to make the district run more economically by filling up schools that now have too few students and closing others. At least that's what the plan's advocates have been insisting. But as Metro Council member Emily Evans points out on her blog
, it will create inefficiencies as well.
Hillwood High School, for instance, will operate at less than its student capacity because so many black children no longer will go there. It’ll go from 1,406 to 933 for a building that holds 1,745 kids, Evans points out. Schools in the Hillwood cluster might lose even more students over time, she says.
The school re-zoning plan indicates that neighborhoods in the Hillwood cluster are "ripe" for development that will increase the student population. MNPS folks apparently haven't been to a zoning community meeting here lately. Seriously, as I have said before, one of the biggest barriers for Hillwood schools in this district becoming neighborhood schools is the sheer lack of children. The population is older. Many people are affluent enough to afford private schools. There are a number of strong church based schools in the area. We could very well be looking at school closings if we don't see a shift in the local demographics.
Isn’t it lovely for our Hillwood children that they won't have to trouble themselves with all the clutter of crowded schools? There’ll be so much room that they can probably put their stuff on one desk and sit in another one.