In 2021, the district initiated the process of working with a third-party consulting firm with expertise in school system rezoning. In collaboration with the consulting firm and community stakeholders, the CMCSS Zoning Project Team will study and evaluate existing school zones and building capacities to identify opportunities to better serve students, per the district’s Zoning Procedure (OPS-P017). The following criteria guide the team’s work:
- Rezone as few students as possible
- Proximity of students to existing schools
- Transport students the least distance possible
- Equitable distribution of resources according to the learning needs of all students
- Enrollment capacity of existing schools
- Consideration of free and reduced lunch status (socioeconomics)
- Allow for future growth where possible (based upon Regional Planning Commission lot and permit data)
The CMCSS Rezoning Committee has established a tentative timeline for the scope of work. The Zoning Team will begin meeting in November 2021 with the final presentation to the CMCSS School Board scheduled for the February 8, 2022 formal meeting.
Throughout the process the third-party consultant will assist with facilitating the development of the comprehensive plan. The district will continue to communicate with stakeholders during the process.
The community is invited to provide feedback during the formal public session on January 4, 2022.
Feedback and questions can be submitted throughout the process, by using this survey link.
Why Rezoning? Growth in CMCSS.
The Clarksville-Montgomery County School System has experienced tremendous growth over the past decade. Rezoning is taken very seriously, and the district makes every effort to ensure stakeholders are involved in the process.
Important Facts to Know
- CMCSS has a 30-year average growth of 677 new students every year.
- Current enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year is 37,769 students.
- Oakland, Rossview, and West Creek Elementary schools have all recently undergone expansion projects to address capacity. See the current capacity of each school here (pdf).
- 85% capacity of a school is a KPI indicator. This allows for flexibility in programming and extracurricular opportunities.
- The goal of CMCSS is to not rely on portables as a permanent solution.
Kirkwood Schools Complex
Kirkwood Middle is projected to open for the 2022-23 school year followed by Kirkwood High in 2023-24 and Kirkwood Elementary in 2025-26. With the Kirkwood schools’ openings and continued growth in Clarksville-Montgomery County, redistricting will be unavoidable. District leaders understand the uncertainty of zoning changes can be difficult for some families. The district is committed to engaging stakeholders throughout the process and will provide timely and transparent updates.
Kirkwood Middle School Building Facts:
- 1,209 student capacity
- Projected opening August 2022