Parents want to wait on Plum redistricting
By Karen Zapf
Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 11:45 a.m.
Some parents of elementary school students urged the Plum School Board to either redistrict students prior to the 2013-14 school year or after a new elementary school is completed for 2015-16.
Their remarks followed Superintendent Timothy Glasspool's presentation during last week's facilities committee meeting outlining redistricting scenarios proposed for either the beginning of the 2014-15 or 2015-16 school years.
Glasspool outlined two alternatives:
Summer 2014 — All elementary schools redistricted and attendance zones modified, creating a single move for all students. Eight classes would remain at the former Pivik Elementary for three months. Adlai Stevenson and Holiday Park students would move to the new Holiday Park Elementary over an extended winter break.
Summer 2015 – All elementary schools redistricted and attendance zones modified, creating a single move for all students.
Glasspool's presentation can be found on the district website –www.pbsd.k12.pa.us
Parents said redistricting sooner or after the new Holiday Park Elementary School is completed would minimize the impact on their children, who otherwise might have to make more moves.
“Redistrict for the fall (2013-14),” said Lynn Harris whose child is a student at Adlai Stevenson Elementary and is tentatively scheduled to move to Center Elementary through the redistricting process.
Harris said she would rather her child attend Center Elementary this fall rather than move to the former Pivik Elementary School while the new Holiday Park Elementary School is under construction on the Adlai site later this year and move again to Center.
“It would give the students stability,” Harris said.
Construction of the New Holiday Park Elementary School at the Adlai site is scheduled to begin this fall and take 14 months. Adlai students are to attend classes at the former Pivik Elementary during construction.
Glasspool outlined moving students to the new Holiday Park Elementary School over an extended winter break during the 2014-15 school year. It's another idea parents don't favor.
“Wait until (the beginning of the) 2015 (school year),” said Kim Schmidt, president of the Holiday Park Elementary School PTA. “It would be easier on the kids.”
Schmidt also said if classes began earlier in August 2014 to accommodate moving to the new Holiday Park Elementary during an extended winter break, families' vacations would be disrupted.
“Many people will be affected,” Schmidt said.
Parents also told the board an extended winter break would adversely affect working parents who would have to arrange child care.
Additional discussion on redistricting is expected at the April facilities committee meeting. The date of the meeting has yet to be announced.
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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