Plum School District officials weigh redistricting
By Karen Zapf
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Lynne Stalnaker supports the construction of a new elementary school in Holiday Park.
Stalnaker, though, is concerned about how many changes her son, a first-grader at Adlai Stevenson Elementary School, will go through as a result of the construction and eventual redistricting of elementary school zones.
“For him, it could be a lot of transition (to) three schools in three years,” Stalnaker told Plum School Board members during a facilities committee meeting last week.
“If it's going to happen to him, I would like the move to occur as soon as possible.”
Stalnaker said her son will move from Adlai Stevenson to the former Pivik Elementary on School Road for the 2013-14 school year during the construction of the new Holiday Park Elementary.
If board members decide to redistrict students for the 2014-15 school year, her son could go to another building, such as Center Elementary.
“The question (for redistricting) is when?” Superintendent Timothy Glasspool posed during the facilities committee meeting. “We have 800 kids for a 730-(student) capacity building.”
“Neighborhood clusters will be affected (by redistricting),” Glasspool said.
Construction of a new Holiday Park Elementary School is expected to get underway in September following the demolition of Adlai Stevenson.
The new school is expected to cost about $18 million and be completed in 14 months, Glasspool said.
Students from Adlai are scheduled to attend the former Pivik Elementary in the 2013-14 school year.
Glasspool said officials have yet to decide if students will move from the former Pivik building in December 2014 or for the beginning of the 2014-15 school year.
The issue of redistricting is one that Glasspool wants resolved soon.
Options are to redistrict before the 2014-15 school year or just prior to the 2015-16 school year.
The superintendent plans to make a presentation on recommendations for redistricting during a 6 p.m. facilities committee meeting on March 12 at Oblock Junior High School.
“It's a complex decision for the board,” Glasspool said.
The superintendent said thus far he has 25 pages of slides to present at the meeting next month.
Glasspool emphasized that redistricting will not occur mid-year.
“Mid-year would wreak havoc on the kids,” Glasspool said.
“It will be 2014-15 at the earliest,” Glasspool said. “We have to by 2015-16.”
Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8753, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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