“As I look at it, right now, as the superintendent, it’s going to be very, very difficult to call it a true redistricting if we vote on this, and the expectation is that I’m going to grant all kinds of exemptions,” Brown said. “It’s just not going to work. I’m not going to be able to be a ‘yes man’ to every single request that’s going to come to me.”
But, Brown said, he does intend to create a committee comprised of people who are not affected by the redistricting plan. This way the committee might be able to look into certain cases, such as borderline roads, that could be exempted from the district change, he said.
Although it was, at times, a tense meeting, board member David Paczkowski said he was sure the district changes would benefit students and parents alike.
“We’ve gone through some really tough times,” he said, “but I’m confident, as a board member, that we are meeting the needs of our students.”
Another change parents and students will see is the implementation of a full-day kindergarten program in the district. Currently, West Genesee only offers a half-day kindergarten program, but due to expected enrollment numbers, Brown said he thinks a full-day program is essential for students.
He assured the board and audience members that the district can afford a full-day kindergarten program, and that in the long run, the program, which would not be mandatory, would sustain itself. The board passed the measure to implement the program, which will not start until the fall of 2013.