Redistricting is not a new thing in Gwinnett. I grew up in Gwinnett during the ’80s when it was expanding rapidly. My best friend in elementary school was redistricted away to the new elementary school. I was so sad to lose her and didn’t see her again until three years later in middle school.
The county literally looked at the major street outside my parent’s neighborhood and said houses on the right side of the street go to X and houses on the left go to Y. It was very sad to see our friends go.
But clearly my husband has it worse. He spent his elementary years in Augusta when it was growing rapidly.
He was redistricted FOUR TIMES in FOUR YEARS. I’m not kidding.
My husband’s dad was in the Army so they moved all the time anyway. He didn’t think it was a big deal that he went to four different schools consecutive years while living in the same house.
Despite his nonchalance, he does offer this advice: “Redistricting is not as bad as moving because at least the kids in your neighborhood are getting screwed with you. If you play sports or go to church you may have met some kids from the other elementary school.”
I was extremely picky about buying our new house because I wanted to make sure I was clearly in the elementary school’s district I wanted. I kept going up to the school and looking at a giant map on the front office’s wall that showed the district. I would crook over the vice principals and say “Am I safe here?” “Have you heard any talk of moving this neighborhood?”
You’re never completely safe, but I think it would be hard for us to be shifted to a different school. Plus, I would be the biggest pain in the #@@ and would fight it every step of the way!
Are you one of the families being redistricted? Are you upset or OK about it? What’s your plan? How will you help your kids cope?
Were you ever redistricted in the past like my husband? What advice would you give parents to help their kids cope?