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Oldham Co parents provide input on school redistricting

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Parents were asked to provide their input on neighborhood zones, pending residential development, and traffic patterns. Parents were asked to provide their input on neighborhood zones, pending residential development, and traffic patterns.

OLDHAM COUNTY, KY (WAVE) – Oldham County Schools reached out to parents in hopes of making a new redistricting process as smooth as possible.

The new boundaries will go into effect for the 2014-2015 school year because of changing enrollments and facility changes.

Superintendent Dr. Will Wells said the district would try to keep children attending the schools closest to their homes, but redistricting must be done because Liberty Elementary will close at the end of next year.

The nearly 100-year-old school is simply too inadequate compared to the district's other buildings. While plans were in place to build a new elementary school, they have been postponed because of lowered enrollment projections.

"We can operate nine elementary schools instead of 10, save a considerable amount of money and move our attendance boundaries," Wells said.

During the forum, parents were asked to provide their input on neighborhood zones, pending residential development, and traffic patterns. Most were just concerned about what school their child might attend.

"I don't want to see my children disrupted from what their perception and their pipeline in their mind was, their school line up," said parent Stephen Whalen.

Parents in the large adjoining subdivisions of Glen Oaks, Moser Farms and the Reserve Estates of Sleepy Hollow are banding together during the redistrict process. 

"I don't want to say it's okay if we move. We don't want to move, but if we did, we just want to stay together," said parent Randy Childress.

Some parents said they picked this neighborhood because of Goshen Elementary which feeds into North Oldham Middle and High School.

"If they end up in a different elementary feeder school, then they might end up at different high schools as well," said parent Stacey Oney. "What's going to happen is some of the siblings may be at North and some of the other siblings might end up at South."

"Once we as adults get used to the concept and the notion of change and we model that it is okay for the children and you can be excited about your new school, then they'll be fine," Wells said.

He added that the redistricting will mainly affect elementary students. In May, there will be another set of community forums to review potential plans.

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