INFORMATION IS NOW AVAILABLE TO DETERMINE WHERE YOUR CHILD WILL ATTEND SCHOOL DURING THE 2013-2014 SCHOOLYEAR
Click Here for Student Assignment Locator for 2013-2014 School Year Year based on the new Student Reassignment Plan.
Dear NRMPS Staff & Community,
The last time Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools went through a student reassignment process was the year Nash Central High School opened in 2002. Since that time, populations have changed and shifted. Many of our schools are overcrowded and some are under utilized. In January 2012, the NRMPS Board of Education voted to analyze our student assignments and evaluate if reassignment needed to occur to ensure compliance with the law and to more effectively and efficiently educate all of our students and utilize resources. A Student Reassignment Committee has been formed to oversee the process which will be open and transparent to the public. The 33 member committee represents parents, staff, community and all regions of the district.The public will have multiple opportunities to examine the process and give input before any decisions are made. Please visit this website often for the latest information on process, meetings, public hearings and explanations. We want to hear from you. Please see the links provided for questions and comments.
Community Office Hours with the Superintendent
Join Dr. Anthony Jackson for an opportunity to learn first-hand of major initiatives currently happening in the Nash-Rocky Mount School District including an update on the Student Reassignment Process and the 2012-2013 Budget . We are interested in receiving feedback from you regarding these and other items of interest.
New office hours will be posted here.
SPECIAL NOTICE: posted January 11, 2013, updated February 6, 2013
The maps currently provided on this page do not represent the final maps approved by the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education.
On December 3, the Board of Education voted to make two changes to the boundaries presented to them by the Student Reassignment Committee.
1) Change the area on Highway 58 from from EP Taylor Store Road south to Hwy 97 as the divider boundary between Southern Nash Middle/Southern Nash High and Nash Central Middle/Nash Central High. In this area when traveling north on Highway 58 houses on the left side of the road will attend Southern Nash Middle/Southern Nash High while houses on the right side will attend Nash Central Middle/Nash Central High. Beginning at the intersection with Hwy 97 south to the Wilson County line both sides of the road will attend Nash Central Middle/Nash Central High.
2) Change to move the Candlewood/Greystone area from Benvenue to Englewood/Winstead Schools.
The Transportation department for NRMPS is finalizing a School Assignment & Bus route locator where parents can plug in their address to determine school assignment(s) for the 2013-14 school year. This system will be available to parents sometime after February 14, 2013.
In addition, when the finalized maps are available, they will be posted on this section of the website.
Parents of students impacted by the Student Reassignment boundaries may contact the NRMPS Student Services Office, by calling 252-459-5220.
Four Public Hearings were held:
|Tuesday, October 23rd||Rocky Mount High School||Agenda||Minutes|
|Thursday, October 25th||Southern Nash High School||Agenda||Minutes|
|Tuesday, October 30th||Nash Central High School||Agenda||Minutes|
|Thursday, November 1st||Northern Nash High School||Agenda||Minutes|
The maps are available in Adobe Acrobat (pdf) format
To view maps at street level, magnifying / zooming is required (about 400%).
Zooming features vary by platform (Mac/PC), browser, and version of Acrobat
September 24, 2012 - (Board of Education Meeting) Reassignment Plan 2013-14 Committee Recommendation
September 10, 2012 - Student reassignment plan public engagement strategy | Minutes
The NRMPS Reassignment Committee reviewed options for the 2013-14 reassignment plan and reached consensus on a recommendation for elementary, middle, and high school attendance zones. Since February, the Committee has been working with the Operations Research and Education Laboratory (OREd) and NRMPS staff to explore reassignment options, called scenarios, for district schools. The Reassignment Committee has been charged with studying reassignment scenarios which attempt to address seven NRMPS Board of Education priorities: (1) Contiguous boundaries, (2) Respect neighborhoods, (3) Proximity to schools, (4) Modify feeder systems - consider the use of six middle school feeder systems instead of five [edit: this priority has recently been modified to allow consideration of a 5 to 4 MS/HS feeder system], (5) Stay within enrollment capacities, (6) Consider anticipated growth, and (7) [Consider] enrollment balance [factors].
Over the last six months, Committee members have examined a multitude of scenarios created using varying input assumptions that are based on the Board priorities. Initially, the Committee studied scenarios driven by proximity to schools and balancing building utilization and later explored scenarios that considered factors such as student demographic balance and minimizing reassignment impact.
The Reassignment Committee will meet on Sept. 10 for a final vote on the recommended scenarios.
NRMPS staff and the Operations Research and Education Laboratory (OREd) presented new middle school reassignment scenarios in response to NRMPS Board of Education guidance to consider middle to high school feeder patterns and using Parker Middle school as a 6th grade center. The two middle school scenario options are based on a high school scenario presented at the June 12 Committee meeting.
The high school scenario presented on June 12 was prompted by Committee concerns over a high number of students impacted by the reassignment plan and for aligning student balance metrics more closely to current measures. The new middle school scenario uses the high school lines to guide middle school lines in an attempt to create clean middle to high school feeders. However, the imbalance between high school and middle school capacity in Rocky Mount will require at least one middle school to feed two high schools. The presented scenarios will send Edwards Middle students to either Nash Central High School or Rocky Mount High School.
There are two middle school scenario options: one having Parker as a 6th grade center serving the new Rocky Mount middle school (on the site of the current RMHS) and the other having the Parker 6th grade center serve both the new Rocky Mount middle school and Edwards, which will house 7th and 8th grade students.
A preliminary elementary school scenario was also presented, but the review process is still underway for this scenario.
The Reassignment Committee has been charged with exploring reassignment scenarios which attempt to address seven NRMPS Board of Education priorities: (1) Contiguous boundaries, (2) Respect neighborhoods, (3) Proximity to schools, (4) Modify feeder systems - consider the use of six middle school feeder systems instead of five [edit: this priority has recently been modified to allow consideration of a 5 to 4 MS/HS feeder system], (5) Stay within enrollment capacities, (6) Consider anticipated growth, and (7) [Consider] enrollment balance [factors].
NRMPS staff and the Operations Research and Education Laboratory (OREd) presented a new high school reassignment scenario that considers student balance measures as well as decreasing the reassignment impact for high school students. Compared to the previous high school scenario, the new scenario lessens the reassignment impact by almost half and provides a closer alignment of student balance measures.
The previous scenario, presented at the April 30 Reassignment Committee meeting, was driven by proximity (distance from a school) and balancing building utilization district-wide. At this meeting, the Committee chose to take additional time to consider all impacts of such a scenario. On May 29, the Reassignment Committee discussed the strengths and weaknesses of the proximity/utilization plan and directed NRMPS staff and OREd to explore a new scenario that lessened reassignment impact and considered student balance metrics. Furthermore, the April 30 scenario split many middle school/high school feeders, which would result in students from a single middle school to be assigned to 2 or even 3 different high schools, depending on where they live.
The Reassignment Committee has been charged with exploring reassignment scenarios which attempt to address seven NRMPS Board of Education priorities: (1) Contiguous boundaries, (2) Respect neighborhoods, (3) Proximity to schools, (4) Modify feeder systems - consider the use of six middle school feeder systems instead of five, (5) Stay within enrollment capacities, (6) Consider anticipated growth, and (7) [Consider] enrollment balance [factors]. On May 29, Superintendent Jackson informed the Committee that he would ask the NRMPS BoE for clarification on priority #4. The Board responded with direction to consider a clean feeder system from middle school to high school. Analysis of these new middle school criteria is on-going and results will be presented at the June 25 Committee meeting.
Middle school and elementary school revisions will be discussed at the next meeting on June 25.
The NRMS Student Reassignment Committee met on May 29, 2012 to continue the process of committee deliberations related to potential student reassignment due to changes in students populations across the district. Committee members represent all geographic regions and populations, mirroring our community. The school board has asked the committee to study reassignment based on 7 priorities (no order of preference): Contiguous boundaries; Respect neighborhoods; Proximity to schools; Modify feeder systems to include a 6 middle school feeder system; Stay within enrollment capacities; Consider anticipated growth; and Enrollment balance.
The first draft maps were presented to the committee in April. These maps were developed using only 2 of the 7 criteria: Utilization and Proximity. The purpose of the May meeting was for Scenario Review and Revision Discussions.
Some items mentioned in the discussions:
Elementary concerns: None mentioned
- CONCERN: Scenario Map cuts Spring Hope in half for middle school zones. RESPONSE: This spilt is recognized and certainly the entire community should be going to the same middle school. Action on this item was postponed due to (1) the middle school population of Spring Hope is ~ 70 and moving all students to a single school may create utilization issues, and (2) clarification for the BoE is needed re: 6 vs. 5 middle schools. If the BoE modifies this priority, all previous middle school scenarios are obsolete.
- CONCERN: These scenarios used only 2 of the BoE criteria. Can we see scenarios that involve more?
- CONCERN: Public may not be able to see/may be unaware of impact of reassignment on school demographics and performance.
- CONCERN: Nash may be seen as adopting a Wake County type assignment program (i.e., "neighborhood schools"), which may not be desirable.
- CONCERN: RM HS proficiency metrics are low. RESPONSE: Community must understand that the metrics used in these scenarios do NOT reflect all academic metrics that any school might have. The scenario metrics are EOG scores for grades 3-8 and do not include program-based impacts like IB.
- CONCERN: How can we be sure that the Committee and these scenarios are properly addressing equity in teaching resources?
- CONCERN: How do changes in a high school's demographic profile (SE, Proficiency) impact a student's college opportunities?
RESPONSE: (Dr. Jackson)
The first maps used only used 2 of the 7 criteria.
Can we look at more balanced schools while still using the 1st priority as a driver.
It will be hard to get a clean feeder system in middle schools and balance capacity issues
6 middle school capacity, considers 750 capacity
Develop the next map to include student metrics, Spring Hope split, and middle school decision (5 vs. 6)
The committee requested that at the June 12 meeting ORED bring a draft high school only map proposal to them that includes diversity, achievement and socio economic parameters.
April 30,2012 - Scenario Review and Revision | Minutes
NRMPS staff and the Operations Research and Education Laboratory (OREd) unveiled the first draft of a school reassignment scenario based on balancing school building capacity over the entire district and students attending the closest school. In this scenario, district-wide student travel distance is minimized while balancing building utilization.
Committee members viewed initial data for the optimal scenarios at the March Reassignment Committee meeting. Tonight's meeting also included draft maps of the district. The initial optimal scenarios were reviewed by OREd and committee members with regard to transportation, school feeder, and other issues. 19 changes were made to the original optimal scenario as a result of the review process.
Committee members were reminded that this is a process and is by no means a final proposal. The utilization scenario process will provide a data-driven solution that addresses most of the conditions set forth by the Board of Education as priorities for any reassignment plan.
Boundary Map - Original Attendance Zones
Boundary Map - Based on Optimal Attendance Zone Revision 1 Data
January 30, 2012 - Student Reassignment Committee Organizational Meeting | MInutes
January 23, 2012 - District Reassignment Committee and Proposed Process Update
(Presented at Board of Education Worksession Meeting)
January 9, 2012 - District Reassignment Committee and Proposed Process
(Presented at Board of Education Meeting)
Overview of Student Reassignment presentation
Student Reassignment Priorities
The NRMPS Board of Education priorities given to the committee are:
- Contiguous boundaries:
- Attempt to maintain contiguous school boundaries without using satellite attendance areas
- Respect neighborhoods:
- Avoid dividing easily recognized "neighborhoods" or identified "developments" or "sub-divisions" unless it is necessary to meet other guidelines. Whenever possible and practical use major highways, railroads, rivers, and streams as natural boundaries.
- Proximity to schools:
- While it is recognized that all students cannot be assigned to their closest school, consider students' proximity to other schools when creating school boundaries.
- Modify feeder systems:
- In order to maximize facility use and establish reasonable numbers of students at each site, consider the use of 6 middle school feeder systems instead of 5. This would allow smaller, more instructionally suited middle schools and less dependence on mobile classrooms.
- Stay within enrollment capacities:
- Unless it is likely that a school enrollment will be declining, assign students to the four high schools in a way that their enrollments are under established capacities.
- Consider anticipated growth:
- Enrollment growth patterns should be taken into consideration, where feasible, to ensure that anticipated growth will not adversely impact one school significantly more than the others.
- Enrollment balance:
- In keeping with the intent of SB612, attempt to balance the percentage of academic and economic populations at each middle and high school.
We Want to Hear From You
The process of student reassignment encompasses the entire community.
We want to keep you informed and appreciate your input and involvement.
Please share your input or questions via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Community members who do not have access to email can call and leave a voicemail
message at 252.220.0277