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Redistricting Committee Update

posted Mar 25, 2015, 9:59 AM by Dianne Georgantas

The Redistricting Committee has met and formed two sub-committees to look at data and transitions.  

The Data Sub-Committee is reviewing all possible options that may be viable for redistricting the elementary schools.  The parameters set by the committee were: keep neighborhoods intact, try not to bus students and use logical areas as defined by main roads.  This sub-committee has mapped the locations of all students and worked diligently to look at all viable options.  They will bring proposals back to the full committee on April 1, 2015.  The full committee will review these suggestions, and then meet again on April 7, 2015 to make a proposal to bring to the community.   A public forum will be held on April 14th, 2015 at 7 pm.  The committee will then meet again on April 16th to discus feedback from the forum and decide their next steps.

In addition, the Transition Sub-Committee is planning ways to make any changes as smooth as possible for students.  They will look at a variety of activities to help students who leave one school feel welcomed at their new school.  This committee will also report back to the Redistricting Committee on April 1.

Our next meeting has been changed from March 31 to April 1st in order to meet the needs of this large committee of 20 members.

There is no easy way to redistrict, and I understand that this is an emotionally charged matter as students and parents love their home schools.  The Redistricting Committee is aware of this, and is working in a timely manner to explore all options.  There is no decision that will please everyone, but redistricting must be done.  We will do whatever we can to make this as tenable as possible for families.  We know from experience that children do transition well if plans are made thoughtfully, and I am confident in our team's ability to meet the needs of all of our children.

Comments can be submitted to the redistricting  committee by emailing redistrictingcommittee@longmeadow.k12.ma.us 

 

 

 




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