Is the new reassignment plan unfriendly to families?
As noted in today's article, yesterday's vote on the plan was far from unanimous. In what's become an annual event for him, Ron Margiotta voted against the plan as he accused his colleagues of not listening to parents.
"Reassignment should be used solely for the purpose of filling new schools," Margiotta said. "I can’t vote for a plan that’s so family unfriendly.”
Lori Millberg told Margiotta he was wrong. She said that for everyone who said not to move them, others said change the demographics of their school.
While Millberg didn't name a specific school, Stough Elementary parents made the rounds at nearly all the reassignment public hearings to back moving the kids from Lacy Elementary. They stressed making Stough healthy.
"Every time we open a new school, we have to move students in order to fill that school and every time somebody says, 'Don’t move me,' they’re in effect saying, 'Send somebody else,'" Millberg said.
Beverley Clark stressed how 45 percent of the students are eligible for grandfathering. She said the district should get credit for making that possible.
Even though Clark joined Margiotta in voting agianst the plan, she also downplayed the impact of reassignment.
"I hope that being reassigned is the worst crisis in their life they have to face, because if that’s the worst thing you ever have to face, you’re truly blessed," Clark said.