Redistricting consultants makes final recommendation for West Genesee

This is the proposed plan for West Genesee Schools.

This is the proposed plan for West Genesee Schools.

— If the redistricting plan in West Genesee Schools is approved, Cooper Ponto will have attended three schools in three years.

Major changes

The area east of Onondaga Road in the Westvale area would shift from Split Rock school to Onondaga Road. Students living just east of Kasson Road (on Barbara, Joanne, Carol and Elaine) would no longer attend East Hill and would now go to Stonehedge. Students between Milton Avenue and Genesee Street would now go to Split Rock.

Here's the final report from the consultants.

The third-grader is a student at Stonehedge Elementary now, but the plan presented by the redistricting committee last week would put him at Split Rock Elementary for his fifth grade year and at Camillus Middle School the year after. His family is one of 172 who will be affected by the changes, which is being used by administrators to even out enrollment, socio-economic challenges and opportunities at each school.

“This particular plan is going to be tough on our children especially,” Cooper’s mother, Crystal Ponto, said. “For me and my children, I don’t agree with it.”

The plan, which is yet to be approved by the board of education, comes after Castillo, Silky and Martin, a consulting group out of Syracuse, and a committee was tasked with creating more equal attendance numbers among the school’s buildings.

At the last meeting of the committee Thursday, May 10, the consulting group suggested their “option B” be implemented in the district. This option shifts around many students, though parents at the public meetings spanning five months were most upset with one area — the “old Fairmount” area.

Students living between Milton Avenue and Genesee Street, between Gordon/Turner and to the edge of the district, would attend Split Rock. Ponto lives in this area. She says this is unfairly targeting the area where many live in apartment complexes, with lower income levels.

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