A few days back Caleb wrote in…
I was wondering if you’d heard that despite our new elementary school and re-districting, schools are already overcrowded before the new school even opens. When we went to register my kindergartener for Oakhurst – about 100 yards from my house – I was told there is no more room in the district and she would have to start at Winnona Park.
I followed up with CSD’s Bruce Roaden to see what was up and he replied…
Registration for new Kindergarten students began February 1, 2011. Some schools have filled their Kindergarten slots and families that now register have secured a slot at another K-3 school.
I followed up with this clarifier, “So there isn’t a general overflow, just in isolated zones?” He replied in the affirmative.
In the meantime, Caleb wrote this follow up on the Oakhurst Message Board…
I am looking for other Oakhurst parents negatively affected by the school redistricting process last fall. In early May, when my wife and I went to register our daughter for kindergarten, we were told that the Oakhurst kindergarten and 3rd grade are overfull, and that we have to register at Winnona Park. This, despite the opening of a 4th elementary school, and the fact that we already have an older child at Oakhurst.
During redistricting meetings, realtors and parents warned the school board that Oakhurst is growing faster than other districts, but board officials insisted otherwise and actually eliminated an Oakhurst kindergarten class. Now, the four remaining classes have 23 students each, above district guidelines, and an unknown number of Oakhurst families are being redirected to other schools. I say “unknown” because the school board vice-president last week refused to answer my question about how many children are affected. He also would not offer assurance that children sent to other districts, could return to Oakhurst the following year.
If anyone is in the same boat, or knows of a family who is, please contact me. I would like to press the district to return a 5th kindergarten class to Oakhurst this fall. At a bare minimum, I would like to win a guarantee that all Oakhurst children can attend their neighborhood school by the 2012-2013 school year.
I can understand the annoyance with your child being unable to go to a school 100 yards from your own home, however, the elementary schools are K-3, so it seems sort of impossible to zone precisely for all four grades, no?
Remember how hard the redistricting was when we were only thinking at the individual school level? Here were talking about an expectation of zoning for four different classes, each which are of an unknown size in any given year. Am I missing something?