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Shelby County elementary redistricting plan in the works

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SHELBY COUNTY, Ky (WDRB) -- Shelby County is growing which means its schools have to follow suit.

"We would rather be a growth district than a district in decline that's for sure," Superintendent James Neihof told WDRB.

A new elementary school is being built and a redistricting plan is underway.

"Even after we open this elementary school, we'll be right at or above 90% capacity so when you get to that level, you have to be pretty well balanced," he explained.

Neihof says change is nothing new to the district.

"This will be the third significant redistricting effort in 12 years to try to keep up with this."

Neihof says the western part of the county is growing rapidly.

He believes that's because it's closest to Louisville.

But the eastern side is not.

The school board believes redistricting the elementary schools will help balance things out.

That means some students will have to switch schools and parent Alicia Casey doesn't like that idea.

"They're going to get on the bus at 6:15 in the morning, be on there an hour when I could just bring them," said Casey.

Casey's kids go to Simpsonville Elementary.

Right now, she's able to walk them to school because they live just across the street.

Casey says under the proposed plan, her daughters will go to the new Southside Elementary in Shelbyville.

"I'm not happy because I'm within walking distance and my kids are going to be shipped half way across the county," she said.

Superintendent Neihof says the students come first during the decision making process and they're listening to parent's concerns.

"We've conducted two public forums. We've gained feedback from those parents who attended and we're reviewing that to see if there are further adjustments that can be made," he said.

The next board meeting is November 21st at 7 p.m.

Once finalized, the redistricting plan will take effect next school year.

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