City Schools is embarking on a study to consider ways that school zoning can be most effective for the district. This study will examine demographic, enrollment, and facility utilization data to determine the feasibility of rezoning approaches that may be available.

Most recently, City Schools 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 or actions related to the 21st Century School Buildings Plan. The results of the Rezoning Feasibility Study will inform whether City Schools moves forward with a comprehensive rezoning. Please note that this study is not an actual rezoning of boundaries; it is a study to identify and assess the feasibility of potential options.

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The planning process for the study includes engagement with parents, teachers, administrators, and community members. Eight community meetings were held across the city between late March and early May, where information about the current status of City Schools’ enrollment and facility utilization was presented. Participants had an opportunity to discuss the different values and priorities that should be considered for any future rezoning efforts. 

DeJONG-RICHTER, an educational consulting firm, facilitated these meetings, is compiling the input gathered from the City Schools community, and will share feedback with the public at a Board of Commissioners meeting on August 22, 2017 [updated]. The consultants will then use the feedback to develop a set of recommendations for the district. 

Questions? Contact us at zones@bcps.k12.md.us.