Proposed redistricting would affect 4 New Albany Floyd County elementary schools
Hundreds of students in the New Albany Floyd County School District could be sent to new schools next year because of a change in redistricting.
NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- Hundreds of students in the New Albany Floyd County School District could be sent to new schools next year because of a change in redistricting.
The school board is recommending trustees redistrict a portion of elementary school zones to make student/teacher ratios lower. The current boundaries would be moved north to re-balance school populations.
On Wednesday night, Superintendent Brad Snyder held an informative meeting for parents in the district who would be directly affected by the proposed changed.
Seven-hundred-fifty students currently attend Mount Tabor, and 260 are enrolled in Green Valley Elementary, which will be open for the 2018-19 school year. Hazelwood Middle and Scribner Middle Schools would also be affected, because the two elementary schools feed into them.
“I want to say 160 students could be impacted on the elementary side and 115 on the middle side,” Snyder said.
Talk of redistricting leaves some parents concerned about where their children will go next year.
“We just live down the street. She’s got friends here that she has already made. I feel like that is kind of splitting everybody up,” said Jacqueline Smith, who has a daughter in the school district. “Really, I’d prefer for her to stay here since she has already been here. I am not too fond of it, really.”
The district says socioeconomic status is not a factor into the switching of the students. It’s all about the sizes of the schools and moving the district border north to accommodate the new school.
Still, parents are hesitant, especially when it comes to transportation.
"They are moving the boundaries, so she is going to have to switch schools to Scribner because of not being able to have a bus system to take her to Hazelwood,” said Jeanette Hartley, who has a sixth grade daughter. “They said they would keep her in her classes that she is in. They would do everything that they could to help her with the transition … and that is the most important thing.”
The school board is expected to vote on the proposal at their next meeting April 30.
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