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 Redistricting Proposal Expected to Pass

August 6, 2008 - The Charles A. Beard School Board was expected to vote during a special meeting last night on a redistricting proposal affecting half a dozen families with students who would have attended Kennard Elementary in the fall.

CAB Superintendent Gary Storie told The Banner on Monday that he planned to recommend that the northern boundary for the Knightstown Elementary's attendance district be shifted a half mile farther to the north, to County Road 450-West. He said the goal of the change is to reduce the size of the single second grade class at Kennard this fall.

Without the change, Storie said current enrollment projections are that Kennard could have as many as 31 or 32 second graders this fall. Knightstown Elementary, by contrast, has three second grade classes that could absorb the Kennard students while still maintaining smaller class sizes.

According to Storie, all families that would be affected by the change were notified by him twice in writing. He said the first letter, sent about two weeks ago, sought input on the proposed change, and the second correspondence notified them that he was going to recommend the school board OK the change at last night's special meeting (which was held after the news deadline for this week's issue - Editor.)

"I did receive input from some of them," Storie said of the affected families. "I think I got two calls in favor and one call opposed. … Based on the input I received, I'm going to go ahead with the recommendation to the board."

Storie initially said he thought the number of affected families would be seven, but CAB Transportation Director Janet White put the number at six, including three in Greensboro Township. The total number of students who will be impacted, according to White, would be 10: one kindergarten student, two first graders, six second graders and one fourth grader.

"I think this is going to prompt the board to review, or to establish, a policy regarding attendance districts and open enrollment requests for transfers between schools," Storie said. "We do some of that already, but it's not really codified or defined. ... We'll come up with something for future reference."


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