Redistricting 203 Protest

“Slow this down, kids on board,” caution, kids at risk,” and “think before you act” read some of the dozens of signs protestors carried to Washington Junior High prior to the latest enrollment and capacity study committee meeting.

The more than 100 parents were voicing concerns and frustrations regarding district 203’s efforts to remap school boundaries.

“I have eight children so I have a lot at stake,” said Highlands parent Maria Mulhair. “I have an incoming kindergarten, one going to junior high, one going to high school so I’ll be affected on all levels and I came out here to protest because I feel they don’t have a good reason yet on why they’re asking us to move.”

“It’s important for the community to know that we fully support the overcrowding issues at Beeble and Mill,” said aRob Harbour, also a Highlands parents. “What we want to understand is why are we in a rush to take 179 kids from Highlands and move them into a school and a community that they’re not familiar with?”

Later at the meeting parents listened as district staff presented two additional drafts outlining potential boundary changes.

The committee – responsible in helping the administration dvelop a redistricting map – then split into groups to take a closer look at each map and later provided feedback and recommendations.

Administrators will then reveal variations of the two maps based on that feedback to the public on Friday.

Stay tuned to nctv17 or visit www.nctv17.com for regular updates.

Kevin Machak reports.

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