Supporters of converting Leesville Road Middle School to a year-round calendar now have a formal group and their own Web site.
The group calls itself BiggerPicture and says it's "a community-based organization that supports common sense solutions that maximize efficiency and educational opportunities for all students."
BiggerPicture is countering Concerned and Committed Leesville Parents (CCLP), which formed its own Web site to oppose converting the middle school.
BiggerPicture argues that the benefits of conversion include:
* Reduces overcrowding
• Increases capacity to handle anticipated growth
* Enhances stability of assignment, resulting in less reassignments
• Simplifies the feeder patterns into LMS
• Increases calendar continuity for the majority of LMS students
• Gives more families the opportunity to have siblings on the same calendar
• Allows classmate continuity from elementary to middle school
The group contends that leaving Leesville Middle on a traditional calendar would mean reassigning "several hundred students from LMS to other schools."
Both BiggerPicture and CCLP are mobilizing parents to attend Monday's community engagement meeting on the draft reassignment plan. The meeting will run from 7 to 9 p.m. in Leesville Road High School's auditorium.
Apparently the web site wasn't completely ready yet. I've been told that they've temporarily put up a password until they've had a chance to double check some information on Friday with Growth Management.