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Middle school redistricting forums conclude with wider mix of impassioned parents

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The desire to keep neighborhood schools was echoed Tuesday night at the final middle school redistricting forum. Ogden resident Jennifer Smith said, " Holly Shelter Middle School is simply too far for my family. Please keep my children at our community school, Noble Middle School." Option 3B, the busing option, had more support than in previous forums. This option, if selected, would increase socio-economic diversity. It's also the option the Wilmington NAACP supports. Pastor James Utley remarked, "We came in on different ships, but now we're on the same boat, so I ask the school board to wake up." Melissa Kirkby exceeded the three minute time limit. When asked to wrap up her speech her final five words spoke volumes, "Please treat our children equally." School board chair Ed Higgins tells News Channel 3 that he hopes to have a decision reached by December and he's ready to get the matter wrapped up.

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hey, elizabeth redenbaugh, it's not that i don't care. i just don't want my child to be robbed, beaten or murdered... a robery by teens after a school board meeting on redistricting. nice... keep neighborhood schools. make the neighborhoods and parents stand up for themselves before you say my child has to do it for them.

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If people have viewed the news in the last 24 hours, Williston does not appear to be a safe area for after dark activities if parents choose to stay around for school activities. We also have a Mayor who will not acknowledge we have a serious crime issue in the inner city. These inner city schools are in high risk areas that are prone to violent criminal activities. When my son attended Johnson Elementary , a man was found shot to death leaning against a tree before school hours began. We never participated in any event at the school once the sun set, due to security concerns.