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Bethlehem Schools take steps to set boundaries

Karen Kissinger, a parent-teacher representative from Elsmere School, questioned whether or not each school will be able to find four parents willing to serve on the redistricting committee.

"We may have a hard time finding two or three," said Kissinger.

Representatives from district administration and the school board will also serve on the committee but will not have a vote.

"I have never seen something come down to a swing vote," said Hamlin, whose firm also worked with Shenendahowa's redistricting process. "There is consensus built along the way."

The first task force meeting of the new committee is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 18. Neighborhood unit meetings will follow, along with regular updates on the process to the school board. New boundaries or scenarios will be reviewed in November and December with a decision expected in January.

"It's an ambitious schedule so we're going to have to move right along," said superintendent Les Loomis. "There are advantages to not stringing the process along."

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