Redistricting Proposal Brings Family To Tears
Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 21, 2013
By Beth Cassidy
The school system’s plan to redistrict 130 students, approved last month, was met with opposition Monday night.
Parents James and Erin Williams and their third grader Ethan, one of 27 students who will be moved from Pinebrook to William R. Davie, spoke at the school board meeting about the impending move.
James Williams of Bonkin Lake Road said his first struggle with the plan is his perception of the lack of communication.
“I found out about the redistricting plan from a party my wife went to Friday night. It is really disheartening this process is finished and done and we stand here in a less favorable position,” he said.
Williams contends the board had an obligation to let him and others know what was going on before the plan was unanimously approved last month.
The redistricting proposal was posted on the school’s website Jan. 5, and information about proposed redistricting was in the Enterprise twice in November 2012. It was also mentioned in work sessions and regular meetings five times in 2012 and discussed at the public forum April 19.
The redistricting committee, made up of 25 members of school staff and parent representatives from each school, met three times, looking at school lines, to try to determine how to alleviate overcrowding at some schools and move those students into schools that were under capacity …