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LA GRANGE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Starting today, Oldham County parents have a say in how their schools will change attendance boundaries.
The time to speak begins this week, even though changes will not come until the start of the 2014-2015 school year.
Plans for redistricting are a result of the proposed closing of Liberty Elementary School as district-wide enrollment and state and federal funding all are projected to decline.
Oldham's school board decided last fall that Liberty is too old -- and there's room for its 340 students in nine other elementary schools.
But it must re-draw attendance boundaries to make sure everyone fits.
"Nobody wants to change schools, but right now, we think it is a necessity," said Oldham County Schools spokesperson Tracy Harris.
At a board meeting Monday, Oldham County Middle School students demonstrated their award-winning robotics project.
Some of them experienced re-districting in 2008.
One parent, who would not speak on camera, says her son has adapted well.
Other parents want to wait for the board's maps, due in September. A final decision is scheduled for November.
But the board wants to hear their suggestions, starting this week, including "little league teams. We'd like to hear about traffic concerns that parents might have for different schools that get congested, and just any other feedback that they have that could help us develop a draft map," Harris said.
Other concerns include school bus ride times and subdivision ties.
Parents from the Goshen area are expected to be especially protective of their schools.
"The quality of the students in those schools is great," Harris said. "Moving a student to a another school doesn't mean they are going to a bad school."
Parents can voice their opinions from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. today (March 26) at South Oldham High School. If necessary, school officials said they may extend the meeting to 8:30 p.m.
Other hearings are scheduled for Wednesday at Oldham County High School and Thursday at North Oldham High School. Those meetings were also scheduled to run from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.