Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Superintendent Pierce approves Rosa Parks boundary plan - Parents speak up again

After a Work Session with the School Board Superintendent Pierce recommended "Scenario C with Grandfathering" as a solution for the severe overcrowding at Rosa Parks.   During the Work Session preceding Pierce's recommendation, Director Chris Carson suggested being open to allowing the 29 kids in the Deveron development to be varianced to Wilder providing "it didn't cost the district millions."  Director Siri Bliesner agreed saying this could help to keep the neighborhood intact.  (Siri spent time walking the neighborhood.)  Pierce said the Boundary Committee would review the board's recommendation and get back to them by their next business meeting  The cost of moving a portables is $250,000 and this potential expense has to be considered.

Three parents spoke up after Pierce's recommendation.  A Wilder parent and past PTSA officer felt the new Redmond Ridge East students would be well received by the Wilder community.  "With the 6th graders gone the place is empty - its kinda sad." he said.  From the many parents he spoke with he personally felt "the Wilder parents are good with it." 

Parent Julianne expressed "grave concern about the pedestrian safety at Rosa Parks owing to site over enrollment."   She said according to the district, "the ideal school size is 483" and now the campus is sprawling with over 700 students attending and "drivers growing exponentially."  Even though Rosa Parks is a walking school she said large wildlife and the more distant Deveron neighborhood contribute to driving.  She complimented "the heroic Rosa Parks staff who put themselves at risk at chaotic intersections" as not being enough without controlling site over-enrollment.  "Student safety should always be the district's top priority" Julianne concluded.  Karen, the third speaker said the overcrowding that's happened to Rosa Parks should never have to happen to another school. 

Reported by Bob Yoder

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