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.

— “These decisions shouldn’t be made based on my W-2,” she said. “We understand some of the reasons they’re doing this, but we feel some neighborhoods have been targeted.”

The consultants, who were tasked with balancing enrollment while also considering transportation and socio-economic issues, say the move will help to balance the free and reduced price lunch percentage.

At Stonehedge, where the students currently attend, the percentage will decrease. That building had the highest among the elementary students. At Split Rock, the percentage will increase, keeping it on keel with the other three buildings.

“Kids are going to be isolated by this move,” said parent Tom Royal.

But Superintendent Chris Brown says the move wasn’t made solely because of the socio-economic status of the area.

“It’s a population center,” he said. “It has the largest concentration of families. It makes the most sense. You have to remember the first criteria was balancing enrollment while looking at other factors.”

The redistricting process began last spring after the school district voted to not close Onondaga Road based on declining enrollment. Onondaga Road and East Hill have the same footprint, but the enrollment issues have made one school have about 200 students more than the other.

The attendance zones haven’t been amended in about 20 years, Brown said.

Next step in the redistricting process is the presentation to the board of education, tentatively slated for June 6. The board could vote on it at their regular meeting June 20.

The proposed changes wouldn’t take effect until fall 2013.

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