Parents voice concerns about school redistricting at Tuesday’s meeting


As the New Hanover County School Board prepares to redistrict the county’s middle schools, some parents are very upset with where their kids are tentatively going to attend. Parents from the Echo Farms and River’s Edge communities gathered Tuesday night to learn about middle school redistricting plans for the 2010-2011 school year. Since a new school is being built in the northern part of the county, about 2,400 students will be moved around, and these parents aren’t happy about where their kids might go. "It’s just unfair that they’re asking Echo Farms to do this, cause they are asking no one else, no other neighborhood in the county is being asked to bus their children, to not only the fourth farthest middle school, but the third farthest high school,” said John Hirchak. The two options currently on the table both move the kids from this area from Myrtle Grove Middle to Williston, in the heart of Wilmington. The planning process is still in the early stages and the board has requested to see other maps drawn. Board members say everyone’s voice will be heard. "There are many, many variables that we have to look at but we’re trying to be as fair and consistent as possible,” stated Jeanette Nichols. Still, these parents say they’re concerned about sending their kids to low performing schools that are nowhere near home. “My son went through Williston School and the programs were fine at that point in time, and now everything has gone down hill,” said Kyle Zupan. Parents will have a chance to speak up at the August 4th school board meeting at Codington, as well as other public forums.