Columbia parents upset students could be forced to change middle schools

7 months 3 weeks 6 days ago Wednesday, January 25 2017 Jan 25, 2017 Wednesday, January 25, 2017 9:31:00 PM CST January 25, 2017 in News
By: Justice Henderson, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Concerned parents attended an open house forum to discuss possible redistricting plans for Gentry and Jefferson Middle Schools Wednesday night. 

The proposed plan aims to help overcrowding at Gentry Middle School, but the plan has some parents worried it would make a lot of kids move schools next year.

One Columbia parent told KOMU 8 News this isn't the first time he has experienced this. 

"This is the second time in eight years that we've purchased a house in the Mill Creek/Gentry school district. This is the second house we are probably going to have to sell again to try and keep my son where we would like him to be," David Brown said.

There were originally two proposed scenarios, both taking about 125 students from either the Thornbrook neighborhood or the Copperstone/Mill Creek area and moving them from Gentry to Jefferson. The boundary committee said these plans received a lot of push back from both neighborhoods. 

The newest plan will only remove approximately 60 kids from Gentry and move them to Jefferson. 

The concern now centers around whether that is enough to make a difference and whether that's what is best for the kids.

One parent said her daughter does not adapt well to change.

"For the first time she is loving school, she is very happy, and she has made friends. She's even bonded with some of her teachers," Jen Harper said. "She's very happy there, and suddenly she's being told she's going to have to transition again and move away from all of her friends. That is just devastating to her."

According to parent Becky Spicer, Columbia has a history of redistricting controversies and argued her children's education is at stake.

"Our kids don't have to move, but now they will have classrooms of over 40 kids, and that is not fair to my children," Spicer said.

Jonathan Sessions, Vice Preisident of the Columbia Public School Board, said that he attended the meeting to listen.

"The committee will get together, hear feedback from the community, and look at any concerns. If anything rises to the surface and might need to change, we will look at modifications. And if neccessary, they will rework the scenario before they present it to the board," Sessions said. 

There will be another meeting at Gentry Middle School on Thursday, January 26 at 5 p.m. 

An official decision will be made in February. 

More News

Grid
List
EVERTON (AP) — Missouri school districts that adopted a four-day school week in recent years are not finding the savings... More >>
55 minutes ago Saturday, September 23 2017 Sep 23, 2017 Saturday, September 23, 2017 2:14:48 PM CDT September 23, 2017 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A school district in Kansas City is praising a bus driver for safely getting 34 children... More >>
59 minutes ago Saturday, September 23 2017 Sep 23, 2017 Saturday, September 23, 2017 2:10:35 PM CDT September 23, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — An undercover police officer and an Air Force lieutenant were among the 120 people who were... More >>
1 hour ago Saturday, September 23 2017 Sep 23, 2017 Saturday, September 23, 2017 2:07:00 PM CDT September 23, 2017 in News
BOONE COUNTY - The Latter House Kingdom Ministries of Columbia will host their tenth annual Fall Festival today at the... More >>
7 hours ago Saturday, September 23 2017 Sep 23, 2017 Saturday, September 23, 2017 7:59:00 AM CDT September 23, 2017 in News
ELDON - The people of Eldon are rallying around a family whose son suffered a spinal injury during football practice... More >>
19 hours ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 7:31:00 PM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – A local gym held a fundraiser Friday night, and all it asked for was five minutes. But... More >>
20 hours ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 7:03:00 PM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
BOONE COUNTY - One person is dead and three more are injured after a two vehicle crash on I-70. ... More >>
21 hours ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 5:53:00 PM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Planned Parenthood is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to vacate an appeals court order that slowed... More >>
21 hours ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 5:47:00 PM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Gov. Eric Greitens will begin his first trade mission Saturday when he and First Lady Sheena... More >>
21 hours ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 5:20:15 PM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Thirteen-year-old Jackson Morton was diagnosed with cancer in December 2016. "You can't even describe the emotion at... More >>
22 hours ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 4:58:00 PM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Jefferson City Public Schools Superintendent Larry Linthacum released a letter addressing the three students who posted a picture... More >>
23 hours ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 4:05:00 PM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Orthopaedic Institute is now offering a free sports clinic called Friday Night Lights. Sports physicians... More >>
23 hours ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 3:15:00 PM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA (AP) — A county clerk in central Missouri has determined that Attorney General Josh Hawley lawfully voted in a... More >>
1 day ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 2:59:39 PM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Twenty-four clinics across the state were selected to receive a federal grant to fund programs that treat... More >>
1 day ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 2:50:00 PM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
HOUSTON, Mo. (AP) — A man and two women are charged in the killing of 17-year-old whose burned remains were... More >>
1 day ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 1:22:00 PM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The UM System hired a large public relations firm to help "craft its message and avoid perception crisis,"... More >>
1 day ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 1:21:00 PM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The property owner of a former homeless camp site is suing a southwest Missouri city and a... More >>
1 day ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 1:17:30 PM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is testing a new service that lets a delivery person walk into your home when... More >>
1 day ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 12:35:16 PM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 90°
4pm 92°
5pm 91°
6pm 89°
7pm 86°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

1:30p
PGA Tour Golf
5:30p
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt
6:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 6
3:00p
Elementary
4:00p
Elementary
5:00p
Sheriffs El Dorado County

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Dateline NBC
9:00p
Saturday Night Live
7:00p
Family Guy
7:30p
Family Guy
8:00p
Bob's Burgers
8:30p
Bob's Burgers
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld