The school district has been working toward adopting a redistricting plan for about a year, spurred by the pressing need to manage ballooning enrollment and to ensure that the new Vinson-Owen Elementary School opens in September 2013 with enough students to satisfy the Massachusetts School Building Authority, which is paying 40 percent of the cost of the $28 million project.
The number of public school students in Winchester has swelled 25 percent over the last decade. Today, there are 4,357 students in the district, and that figure is expected to continue to rise until 2015. Originally, the School Committee had intended to adopt a redistricting plan by mid-June, but that timeline fell apart as parents raised concerns about the map-based proposal that was recommended in May by the Redistricting Advisory Committee and embraced by the superintendent. Under that proposal, as many as 112 students would have been transferred to new schools next year.
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