Rezoning Requirement for 2015-2016

On September 5, 2014 representatives of the United States Department of Justice notified our school board attorney that the department had completed its investigation into allegations that the Robertson County School District is discriminating on the basis of race through assignment practices, including failing to desegregate the District’s schools. The United States Department of Justice has determined, “…the District has yet to desegregate its schools and eliminate the vestiges of its prior segregated school system.”

This “finding” issued by the United States Department of Justice will now require the Robertson County Board of Education to enter into a settlement agreement in order to avoid litigation by the United States Department of Justice, and the potential loss of all federal funds to the Robertson County School District. A part of the settlement agreement requires the Robertson County School District to adopt new attendance zones developed by the United States Department of Justice. I WANT TO EMPHASIZE THAT THE NEW ZONE LINES WERE DEVELOPED BY THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND THEIR CONTRACTORS AND NOT BY THE LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD.

The letter from the United States Department of Justice, along with the settlement agreement, the demographic charts, and zoning maps (see links below) are currently available here on our website for the citizens of Robertson County to review. A special e-mail address (schoolzoning@rcstn.net) has also been established to allow Robertson County citizens the opportunity to express their thoughts and concerns about this matter and to provide the Robertson County School Board with information that can be given to the board attorney and the United States Department of Justice.

The settlement document contains several items which will allow the district some flexibility in granting special permission for students who fall into one or more of the categories specified by the Department of Justice for granting out of zone requests. Additionally, students who are currently enrolled in 4th grade at an elementary school, 7th grade at a middle school, or 10th and 11th grades at a high school, will have the option to remain at their current school until they have completed the terminating grade for that school. However, parents will be required to provide transportation to and from school for students choosing to take advantage of this option.

ONCE AGAIN, I WANT TO REITERATE THAT THE NEW ZONE LINES WERE DEVELOPED BY THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND THEIR CONTRACTORS, AND NOT BY THE LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD.

Thank you,
James M. (Mike) Davis

Public Forums scheduled:

  • White House Heritage High School: 5-7 p.m. on October 20
  • East Robertson High School: 5-7 p.m. on October 22
  • Springfield High School: 5-7 p.m. October 28
  • Greenbrier High School: 5-7 p.m. on October 23
  • Coopertown Middle School: 5-7 p.m. on October 29
  • Jo Byrns High School: 5-7 p.m. on October 27

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