Fayette County Public Schools prepare to redistrict

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Fayette County Public Schools are undergoing big zoning changes for the first time in more than ten years. The district has announced plans to build two new elementary schools, one new high school, and to create new boundaries for school districts.

"Lexington is growing and that's something that's a good problem to have," explained Ty Brown with Weichert, Realtors. Brown is one of 25 taking on the tough task of redistricting all of Fayette County.

"When I threw my name in for the committee one of the things that I think is very important is that we try to maintain the sense of community as much as possible. Kids should be going to school with kids they play with in the street or play basketball with," said Brown, "now that you have kids and see how it affects your clients and the communities in the areas, I think it's very important to have as many people involved in the process as possible. And not just a few individuals here and there."

With two new elementary schools set to open in 2016 and a new high school in 2017, school leaders say re-working the map on attendance zones is a necessity. They are also making transparency a priority. Everyone is invited to attend committee meetings, and school leaders are promising to host public forums throughout the zoning process.

The redistricting committee will meet for the first time Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m. inside the Herald-Leader building on Midland Avenue.

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