Parents of York City School District students who want to learn more, ask questions or express concerns about the district's new K-8 geographic school boundaries can do so at a meeting Thursday.
The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of William Penn Senior High School, 101 W. College Ave.
"If there's any parents who would like to bring any concerns or issues to that meeting, they're more than welcome to," Superintendent Eric Holmes said.
In an effort to reduce classroom sizes and accommodate students transitioning from New Hope Academy Charter School, the district's school board approved the new boundaries last week for each of its seven K-8 schools. The cornerstone of the proposal is a plan to re-open Hannah Penn, a former middle school, as a K-8 building in the fall.
About 225 students in grades 5-8 currently attend New Hope, Holmes said.
The factors: The reconfiguration is designed to relieve some pressure at Devers, McKinley and Ferguson, where the student-to-teacher ratio is particularly high.
The new map is included as an attachment on the board's agenda dated May 21, which is available on the district's website, www.ycs.k12.pa.us.
Redistricting is not done "on a whim," Holmes said.
"We do so because we want to make sure that we're providing the best educational experience for the children of the district. We have carefully examined the boundaries of each of our buildings to evenly distribute the student enrollment so that we don't have a building or a grade level that has too many students," he said.
Because most York City students walk to school, distance and safety were taken into account, Holmes said.
Holmes said he knows some parents will have concerns, "but we think what we have done is as fair as possible."
In addition to attending Thursday's meeting, parents can raise concerns with school principals, he said.
The new map assumes the return of all current district students and New Hope fifth-through-eighth-graders, Holmes said.
Kindergarten enrollment numbers are a guess at this point, he said.
"We could be over-estimating in some grade levels and in some buildings. But we do that because we want to make sure that we have enough (teachers)," he said. "It's not an exact science. But we will monitor it, and we will adjust where it's necessary."
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