Final redistricting report presented to LCSD BOE

— At the Liverpool Central School District’s Board of Education meeting Monday, Nov. 18, the Redistricting Committee gave its final presentation to the board, offering recommendations on how to redraw the district’s lines for the first time in decades.

The presentation was the culmination of months of work carried out by a committee of some 60 LCSD parents, teachers and administrators. Since last spring, the committee has been gathering data and crafting a recommendation for new geographic boundaries, as well as program and student placements, in time for the start of the 2014-15 school year. At least three parents and one teacher represent each elementary and middle school on the committee. The group, led by consultant Ellen Kuno, former assistant superintendent for elementary education, created a series of different scenarios to determine how district lines could be redrawn.

At Monday’s meeting, Kuno presented the committee’s final recommendations: Scenarios 11 and 12, which redrew the district lines so that most of Liverpool’s students would attend their home school (the school to which they live the closest). The only exception would be if they require special services like English as a second language (ESL) classes or special education services not provided at their home school.

Right now, some 480 students in the district do not attend their home school, either for the reasons listed above or because their parents have filed babysitter affidavits with the district. In such cases, if the child is cared for by someone outside the district lines of the home school, the parent can request that they attend the school in which the babysitter lives and get on and off the bus at the sitter’s home.

Under the two proposals Kuno presented at Monday’s meeting, the population of the district was more equitably distributed across its distance. Students in the apartments in the Grampian Road area would be moved into schools closer to their homes to prevent the long bus rides they currently face, while decreasing the student population at Elmcrest Elementary and increasing it at Liverpool Elementary.

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