This fall, a K-8 redistricting committee will begin the process of redrawing elementary and middle school attendance boundary maps.

Originally we had planned to undertake middle school redistricting next fall, but after listening to feedback from the community they would like it all done at one time, that is exactly what we will do this fall.

This redistricting will impact all of our existing elementary and middle schools in order to fully benefit from the additional space provided by the new schools approved by our community in the November 2018 election.

We anticipate Hopewell Elementary School on Bright Road will open near capacity because of its location in an area of the district that is largely built out.

In Jerome Village, we will want to leave some capacity for additional growth because development continues and additional homes are expected.

The elementary buildings will look very similar externally and internally and have a student capacity of about 720 students.

The redistricting process will be transparent and involve input from our community.

We understand this can be an emotional topic. We have found our students are resilient and adjust quickly to a new school.

Significant care will be given to ensure school transitions are as smooth as they can be and that our schools will offer transition information and activities to assist in this process.

The redistricting process will begin this fall and wrap up by winter break in order to provide families with adequate adjustment time.

Here are some frequently asked questions and we will add to these as we move through the process.

Question: What is redistricting?

Answer: Redistricting is a term that means changing school attendance boundaries.

Who makes the redistricting decisions?

By Ohio law, the superintendent of schools assigns students to their buildings. We will be taking community input during the process.

What is the redistricting process and when does it start?

The redistricting process will start this fall and will be transparent and shared with our community as we move forward.

There are NO attendance boundary changes for the 2019-20 school year. Redistricting for fall 2020 for elementary and fall 2021 for middle school students, will be completed by winter break, providing families plenty of time to adjust to new attendance boundaries.

A series of public meetings will take place beginning in September where community members will have the opportunity to provide feedback. A timeline and schedule will be published later this summer.

Why is redistricting necessary?

Two elementary schools open in 2020 and a fifth middle school is expected to open in 2021. Thanks to the support of Issue 5 of our community, these schools will help us address overcrowded conditions at our K-8 schools.

This redistricting is not just about populating our upcoming new schools. It will allow us to reset all of our K-8 buildings to more optimal enrollment numbers.

The district has added more than 3,000 students since Glacier Ridge -- the district's last new school -- opened in 2006.

What type of redistricting will take place in 2019?

This redistricting is a K-8 redistricting in order to prepare for the opening of Hopewell and Abraham Depp elementary schools in 2020 and middle school No. 5 in 2021. All of the district's elementary and middle schools will be touched by this redistricting.

Are the high schools involved in this redistricting?

No, this is a K-8 redistricting.

When will new attendance maps go into effect?

For elementary schools, when Hopewell and Abraham Depp open in fall 2020. For middle schools, fall 2021 when middle school No. 5 opens.

Will fifth-graders and eighth-graders be allowed finish their final year at their current schools? What about their siblings?

The answer to this question will be determined during the redistricting process in the fall. Historically, the district has permitted this to be the case when redistricting has been necessary.

Are there any draft maps or anything the district can share about my neighborhood at this time?

There are no draft maps or any other information pertaining to specific neighborhoods, streets, addresses at this time, as this work and this process has not yet begun.

The process will begin in the fall.

Where can I direct redistricting comments and questions?

Questions and comments can be directed to info@dublinschools.net.

Dublin City School District Superintendent Todd Hoadley, Ph. D., submitted the From the Superintendent's Desk column.