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Superintendent To Begin Redistricting Meetings This Week

OSWEGO, NY – The superintendent of schools will meet with the home and school groups for each of the elementary schools to discuss the possibility of redistricting.

There is a plan in the works to move a few students around to create a better balnce in the district’s five elementary buildings starting in the 2012-13 school year.

Superintendent Bill Crist recently shared the proposal with the school board. They viewed a pair of maps displaying current and proposed boundaries.

Beth Clark is the recording secretary of Frederick Leighton Elementary Home and School Association. She is also a parent of three Leighton students.

She said she can’t tell from the map if her children might be among those moved to Kingsford Park Elementary as part of the proposal or not.

“It would be very upsetting to me, personally, if we had to change schools as I am completely vested in my neighborhood and Leighton,” she told Oswego County Today. “I’m sure life would go on, but it would be an adjustment.”

Clark said she is looking forward to seeing the maps up close and personal to find out whether her street is affected by the redistricting.

A friend who lives nearby and also has a child attending Leighton told her “she’s as worried as I am,” Clark said, adding, “She was immediately scared that we’d be switched to Kingsford.”

“No offense to KPS, we simply live and breathe Leighton activities,” Clark said.

The superintendent will meet with the Leighton Home and School on Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. in the library.

“I am a bit scared to be on the wrong side of the line that would send my boys to KPS.  My daughter will be on to the middle school so it won’t affect her at all. It does however, have ramifications for my now first and fifth graders. They have roots set in, if you will, with their peers and teachers,” Clark said.

“It would be quite an emotional adjustment for them. And quite frankly for me as well! I am totally vested in Leighton as a Home and School Association officer and I’m on the Leighton Building Beautification Committee as the parent representative,” she continued. “No offense to Kingsford Park at all.  I can practically see Leighton from my window and this would be upsetting to have to change at this point.”

Crist will meet with various home and schools in February.

His schedule is as follows:

Riley will meet Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. at their library.

The Minetto HSA will meet Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.

Kingsford Park’s HSA will meet at 7 p.m. in the library on Feb. 15.

Fitzhugh’s HSA meeting will be held at 5 p.m. on Feb. 13 in the library.