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LCSD BOE continues to work on redistricting

— The Liverpool Central School District Board of Education continued to move forward with plans for redistricting by the fall of 2015 at its regular meeting Monday, June 23.

Superintendent Mark Potter presented board members with a new map illustrating the new district lines, but he said there were still changes to be made.

“Already, we did identify two areas we want to look at,” Potter said. In those areas, there are isolated pockets attending different schools than the rest of the neighborhood. “This is a fluid document. There are things that will change.”

Potter and BOE President Patricia DeBona-Rosier asked the board to look through the map and see if there were other similar areas or additional problems that need to be addressed.

Rosier pointed out that, once these boundaries are approved, they’ll stay in place for at least a few years.

“We’re looking at a five-year plan of sorts,” she said. “We won’t be shifting boundaries every year.”

Several board members asked how new development would impact those district lines.

“You can’t look at a crystal ball [in terms of new development],” Potter said. “We have to react to what we see and know right now.”

The board also discussed their policy toward the siblings of English language learners (ELL) and students with disabilities (SWD). Of SWD students, 19 are currently not at their home school.

“Not every building has a special education continuum program,” Potter said. “Those students have to go where the services are. But that’s something that families grapple with.”

Potter advised that the placement of siblings SWD students be taken on a case-by-case basis.

“There are occasions when students need to be kept together,” he said. “But with so few kids, I think it’s best to address it one by one.”

In terms of ELL, Potter pointed out that, in most cases, all children in a given sibling group would likely need the ESL services.

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