CAROLINE CROSSROADS Free Lance-Star reporter Robyn Sidersky covers Caroline County government and schools. You can reach her at 540/374-5413 or You can follow coverage on Facebook or Twitter as well.
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Will redistricting elementary schools be necessary?

With 961 students enrolled last month, Lewis and Clark Elementary School in Caroline County is nearing capacity.

So the school board is looking into whether they need to adjust attendance zones at the elementary schools over the next year.

At Monday’s School Board meeting, Assistant Superintendent Eric Cunningham said monthly discussions will begin in October.

There will be a presentation to the school board in March, followed by two public forums at Madison and Lewis and Clark elementary schools, he said. A final decision is expected to be voted on in May.

Some of the guidelines used when revising atendance zones include:

  • using primary roads and natural landmarks as zone dividers
  • considering travel time students spend on the school bus
  • attempt to maintain subdivision within one school zone
  • minimize movement of students in areas that were moved inthe last rezoning process
  • and giving rising ffth graders the option of remaining at their current school after rezoning

School Board member Wendell Sims said thinking about redistricting now is a good idea because he does expect the county to grow and would rather not have to increase classroom sizes.

In other school news, the School Board voted to increase the price of school lunch next school year.

The price for breakfast will increase by 10 cents at the elementary schools to $1.10 and by five cents at the middle and high schoos to $1.15. The price for lunch will increase by 20 cents at all schools to $1.80 at the elementary schools and $2.05 at the middle and high schools.

After the increase, Caroline County schools will still have one of the cheapest school lunch prices in the area. Essex County has the cheapest.

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