CPS Boundary Change Meetings Continue

8 years 7 months 1 week ago Thursday, March 10 2011 Mar 10, 2011 Thursday, March 10, 2011 10:08:37 PM CST March 10, 2011 in Continuous News
By: Emily Spain

COLUMBIA - The Columbia Public School system is about halfway done with the public forum meetings to discuss the school boundary changes. Parents, teachers and faculty met at Jefferson Junior High School Thursday night to discuss who will become a Spartan at Battle High School in 2013. The group brought up similar concerns to previous meetings like travel distance and evening out demographics.

The current 8th graders will have the most complex transitions with the changes to come. They will finish up 9th grade in junior high, then go to either Rock Bridge or Hickman high schools for 10th grade, and then in 11th grade they will go to either Rock Bridge, Hickman or Battle. The current 8th graders will be the first graduating class from Battle High School.

With all the school transitions, some parents brought up students transferring. One parent questioned if the district allows transfers, then what is the point of drawing boundary lines. Another parent argued that as a tax payer, he should have some input into where his child goes to school. The district does want to assure the public it will make the boundary changes as fair as possible.

"We will have good schools with the same curriculum and a good mixture of teachers in every building," said CPS superintendent Chris Belcher. "Children will have access to the same quality of education in every building. And if parents relax, kids interact and change friends very easily."

The next meeting is on Tuesday at Oakland Junior High School. The middle schools will hold public forums starting next Thursday. All meetings are held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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