Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a rezoning feasibility study?
    A feasibility study is an analysis of data and trends to evaluate a proposal or project—in  this case, options around school rezoning. City Schools’ rezoning feasibility study will examine demographic, enrollment, and facility utilization data to determine what rezoning approaches are available to the district.
     
    Important note: This is not an actual rezoning of boundaries; it is a study to examine the feasibility of rezoning and the options available.

    How is this different from an actual rezoning?
    We will not be changing any zones or regulations as a direct result of the study. Instead, the results of the rezoning feasibility study will inform whether City Schools moves forward with a comprehensive rezoning and, if so, how.

    Why is this happening now?
    Most school districts conduct a comprehensive rezoning every 10 years. City Schools hasn’t done this in almost two decades. Instead, the district has used “spot rezoning” to address changes in zone boundaries needed because of program closures, school consolidations, or co-location decisions resulting from the annual portfolio review and actions related to the 21st Century School Buildings Plan. For example, when a school closes and its program is combined with another nearby school, the two zones have been consolidated. After many years of approaching zoning in this targeted way, City Schools needs now to consider the feasibility of options for a comprehensive approach.

    What options might there be for rezoning?
    The approaches could vary from moving physical boundaries to looking at policy guidance for attendance zones to a combination of approaches—or to innovative ideas that the district hasn’t yet considered. Part of the purpose of the study and the community engagement it includes will be to identify a wide range of options that might benefit schools, the district, and the city as a whole. 

    Who is conducting the study?
    After a rigorous evaluation process, DeJONG-RICHTER was selected to conduct the study. This educational consulting firm has extensive experience with school zoning, policies, community engagement, and data analysis.

    How is the community being informed and involved?
    Eight community meetings for parents, teachers, administrators, and community members were held in different parts of the city. Information about the current status of City Schools’ enrollment and facility utilization was presented, and participants discussed the different values and priorities that should be considered for any future rezoning efforts.
     
    Feedback from the community meetings will be shared with the Board of Commissioners on October 24, 2017. 

    Will this study have an impact on the 21st Century School Buildings Plan link opens new window or the annual portfolio review?
    Both the 21st-century plan and the portfolio review have affected the district’s “spot rezoning” over the past several years. This study will present options for a comprehensive rezoning.

    Is this related to City Schools’ budget?
    No. The study will examine information about City Schools’ enrollment and facility utilization along with community feedback to develop recommendations for a comprehensive rezoning. For more information about City Schools’ budget, please visit our dedicated website

    How can I give feedback on the rezoning feasibility study?
    In addition to attending a community meeting, the public was invited to complete an online questionnaire about issues related to the study and to send written comments and feedback to zones@bcps.k12.md.us. Please contact us with any questions or suggestions.