Robertson County Schools to be rezoned after non-compliance with desegregation laws

Robertson County Schools

ROBERTSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Robertson County Board of Education unanimously agreed to implement a rezoning plan beginning this fall.

The new zoning was accepted as part of an agreement with the Department of Justice after they determined the county is not in compliance with desegregation laws.

The zoning change affects every elementary school in Robertson County in a massive effort to diversify schools.

Robertson County Schools are 72.1 percent white, while Hispanics make up the second largest group at nearly 15 percent. Black students make up 9.3 percent of the population.

The rezoning requires new busing routes and will drastically change the student makeup at several schools.

Coopertown Elementary was 92.6 percent white in the 2013-14 school year, according to statistics provided by the board of education. After rezoning, Coopertown will 69.9 percent white. Hispanic student enrollment will rise from 3.6 percent to 22.4 percent, while black enrollment figures rise from 0.9 percent to 3.6 percent.

The implementation of the new district zones goes into effect at the elementary school level beginning the start of the 2015-16 school year.

The school board will work with the Department of Justice to draw up new zones for middle and high schools beginning with the 2016-17 school year.

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