With a new elementary school and high school under construction and scheduled to open for the 2011-12 school year, Reynoldsburg school district attendance boundaries will be changed.

With a new elementary school and high school under construction and scheduled to open for the 2011-12 school year, Reynoldsburg school district attendance boundaries will be changed.

Superintendent Steve Dackin told the board of education Tuesday the redistricting process is a difficult one. He said a steering committee is in the works to research options.

"This year has some challenges in addition to the construction," he said. "We have challenges to respond to the respective opening of two new buildings next year and as such, we'll have to consider the impact on current attendance boundaries."

The steering committee of community constituents will be asked to tackle the job of researching and finding out how the redistricting should be mapped out.

Dackin said once that research is completed - hopefully by the end of this year - the committee will present the redistricting plan to him before the January school board meeting.

He said the process will include two broad-based community meetings, one where the committee gather information and one to weigh the options being considered.

No date or place has been set for the community meetings, but Dackin said the first one will happen in late October and the second sometime in December.

"Those who have not been through a redistricting process in a community: It's a very complex process," Dackin said. "There are a lot of variables at play and I'm very pleased the folks we sent invitations out to be on the committee are eager to participate."

The district has invited 20 to 25 people to serve, but the exact makeup of the committee and their names won't be made public until all respond. An orientation session was scheduled for Sept. 29, after ThisWeek's Tuesday press time.

School spokesperson Tricia Moore said plans are for the steering committee to meet bi-weekly. Those sessions will not be open to the public.

Once the two new schools are opened, the Reynoldsburg school district will include two high schools, six elementary schools, two junior high schools and two middle schools.

Moore said one of the challenges the steering committee will face will be to determine who is assigned to what school. She said it's likely two elementaries will be made into "schools of choice."

"There will be neighborhood schools with attendance boundaries, so if you're a parent, you will have your neighborhood school that your kids can attend, or one of the schools of choice that you might send your kid to," Moore said.

She said it's too early to determine, but most likely, one of the elementary schools of choice might be dedicated to art or world studies, while the other dedicated to becoming a STEM school (Science Technology Engineering and Math).