Students and parents in the West Genesee School District will face many changes in the next few years.
The West Genesee Board of Education approved a redistricting plan that will affect 172 families in the area at its meeting Wednesday, June 20, in the West Genesee High School library.
The plan, which was passed with a 8-1 vote, shifts students and teachers around in order to better balance enrollment numbers. Although it will not go into effect until the fall of 2013, many parents at the meeting, particularly those with children who have special needs, were concerned about how a major change like this might affect their children’s academic performance.
“There are students that get a new teacher every year, possibly a new TA every year, and those changes always take effect each and every year. But in special area classes, they really mean a lot to the kids that they service,” one father said during the open forum portion of the meeting.
One mother in particular, Rosmyn Squitieri, was upset that some teachers would be moved to different schools. She said she feels her son, who also has special needs, deserves some kind of consistency.
“The only consistency he has had since we started at West Genny is Mrs. [Virginia] Cummings,” Squitieri said. “I was devastated, not to mention P.O.’d, to find out that yet again, in this young child’s life, who has a complicated life as it is, he is going to have someone who has been consistent and who works well with him change again.”
Cummings is one of many teachers who are being reassigned to a different school because of the changes the district is facing.
Before the board voted on the redistricting plan, Superintendent Christopher Brown made it clear that if it passed, he would not be able to make exceptions for every child being affected by the new plan.