BG schools to discuss redistricting
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 09:03
Bowling Green School District plans to change the boundaries for its elementary schools starting with the 2013-14 school year.
A large audience is expected at tonight's school board meeting to voice complaints of the proposed changes. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. at the district's Performing Arts Center.
The significant difference is that what once used to be a Conneaut Elementary attendance area west of Ohio 235 will now be Kenwood Elementary.
The change was prompted in part by the planned closure of Ridge Elementary School.
Students at Ridge who live east of Main Street will attend Kenwood, those who live west will attend Conneaut.
Those who live in Cogans Crossing, at the corner of Brim and Bishop roads, will go from Conneaut to Crim Elementary.
School board Vice President Steve Cernkovich said the changes stem from a combination of the closure of Ridge plus the need to distribute students equally across the remaining three schools.
Currently, Conneaut has 508 students enrolled, Crim has 354, Kenwood has 487 and Ridge has 126, according to May 1 numbers.
To simply move 126 students from Ridge to Crim, "it's not quite that simple," said Cernkovich.
He said he understands parents' concerns.
"I put myself in the place of the parents and I understand," he stated.
As a board member, he sees the need for the change, but as a parent, he understands the concern.
Ellen Scholl, board president, concurred.
"There are obviously people unhappy with it," she said.
"We have every intention of listening carefully. I know we all want to listen and understand but don't know what the results will be."
The process started some time ago, but the map was finalized a few days ago, Cernkovich stated.
Although the proposed changes are on tonight's agenda, he said he didn't expect a vote be taken.
"We need to set down and talk about the current map and talk about the different one," he stated, also pointing out he was giving his own opinion and not that of other board members.
Guests will get three minutes to speak, and the board allows up to 30 minutes of public discussion with the discretion of going longer if need be.
The current district map can be found at http://www.bgcs.k12.oh.us/StudentServices/TransportationDepartment/ElementaryDistrict.
New boundaries can be found by clicking on the link at http://www.bgcs.k12.oh.us.