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What's Going On With Waltham School Redistricting?

Waltham Public Schools are planning to shift some students to other elementary schools.

The Waltham Public Schools are pushing ahead with their plan to redistrict the elementary schools, according to school officials.

The district is beginning efforts to gather enrollment data and a plan for how it uses building space as the first steps in the process to redistrict elementary schools, Waltham Public Schools Superintendent Susan Nicholson announced during a Sept. 12 citywide PTO meeting at Kennedy Middle School. Redistricting could change which students a school attends.

The district previously said it needs to redistrict some students because the elementary schools don't have enough space for students. 

"We are watching the enrollment and it is growing," Nicholson said. 

The fianl redistricting plan will be complete in time for the start of the 2013-2014 school year, according to Nicholson. The superintendent said she is hoping to have all relevant information for the next steps assembled by November. 

The process is still somewhat unclear, but Nicholson said the district will communiate it through PTOs, the media and School Committee meetings. 

One aspect of the process is challenging, Nicholson said. The district has previously had difficulty gathering enrollment data because many city residents don't return their city census forms. 

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