The most recent round of attendance zone realignment - affectionately known as "redistricting"- has been in effect in Washington County since last December. That's when the Facilities and Enrollment Advisory Committee (FEAC) received its charge from the Board of Education to prepare recommendations regarding attendance areas for three new schools and develop proposals to relieve overcrowding at nearby schools.
My individual opinions and statements regarding specific redistricting recommendations are a matter of public record. In this space, however, I will comment on an important part of that process: citizen participation.
First, I applaud the objective, persistent and intelligent advocacy that citizens presented during all the FEAC public hearings, as well as, the subsequent Board of Education public hearing and other sessions involving opportunities for citizens to participate. We witnessed democracy in action. When citizens stand up and speak to power, they can demand a change from the status quo. Kudos to all of you who participated through e-mails, phone calls, words and deed.