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Parents share concerns at school redistricting forums

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Next round of forums set for May

By Drew Nichter

Nearly 100 parents turned out to the third and final school redistricting forum Thursday night at North Oldham High School.

The trio of forums is the first of three rounds of public meetings Oldham County Schools will hold to discuss a redistricting plan, which will take effect for the 2014-15 school year.

District officials said decreased enrollment projections and a decision to close Liberty Elementary next year have created a need to redraw student assignment boundaries.

The changes will primarily affect elementary school students, but middle and high school zones will be evaluated as well.

A first round of forums was held this week with a total of 178 people attending all three meetings.

Superintendent Will Wells and Director of Pupil Personnel Michael Williams briefed parents on the school system's reasons for redistricting and how the process will work.

Parents then broke off into small groups to discuss a series of questions and ask some of their own.

Williams said he will sort through and evaulate each question and try to offer responses by the next round of forums.

During forums in May and August, zoning alternatives will be presented for parents to evaluate, again in small-group settings. They will provide feedback on various aspects of each scenario.

The schedule for the second round of forums is:

• 6 p.m. May 13 at Oldham County High School;

• 6 p.m. May 15 at North Oldham High School; and

• 6 p.m. May 16 at South Oldham High School.

The schedule for the third round of forums is:

• 6 p.m Aug. 19 at North Oldham High School;

• 6 p.m. Aug. 21 at South Oldham High School; and

• 6 p.m. Aug. 22 at Oldham County High School.

The Oldham County Board of Education will get its first look at the redistricting recommendations at its Sept. 23 meeting.

The final plan will come before the board for a vote Nov. 25.

For more information, visit www.oldham.kyschools.us/redistricting or email redistricting@oldham.kyschools.us.

**AN UPDATED VERSION OF THIS STORY WILL APPEAR IN THE APRIL 4 EDITION OF THE OLDHAM ERA**