Bethlehem residents hear redistricting scenarios

As parents reviewed the maps outside in the hall, redistricting committee members continued their work inside the cafeteria expressing the advantages and disadvantages of each scenario.

"You really feel that everything we said, VersaTrans tried to incorporate in these maps," said committee member Angie Randles.

Randles said committee members feel scenario one boundaries were the most natural but scenario two split neighborhoods like Wemple Avenue. Scenario three appeared to be the committee's least favorite but in scenario four Randles said only 29 percent of students would have to change schools. Scenario five according to the committee showed the least amount of students having to move from one school to another.

Hamlin said Clarkesville School boundary lines are the same in each scenario and that boundary lines for Slingerlands School changes very little from one scenario to another. All of Haswell Farms students have been moved to Eagle Elementary School with the new scenarios according to Hamlin.

The next two meetings of the redistricting committee will be held Nov. 13 and Nov. 27. The committee is expected to narrow the five choices down to two or three scenarios by December. The Bethlehem school board will make the final decision by the end of this year. More information on the five new redistricting boundary lines for Bethlehem can be found on the school districts website at bcsd.k12.ny.us.


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