Bethlehem boundary scenarios to be presented at meeting

"We are so centrally located we have a greater chance of individuals being moved," Powers said of her neighborhood.

Both Powers and Randles said the redistricting process has been open with a lot of community input.

Meeting locations have been changed from the school district's Adams Street headquarters to the high school library media center and finally the high school cafeteria to accommodate the growing number of community members interested in the outcome.

"I think the community wants to be involved," said Randles, who believes VersaTrans staff help the process by taking away the emotional aspect of the possibility of moving a child from one school to another.

"We can't be shortsighted," said Randles. "It has to be what's good for the district."

Amy Cartwright is committee member representing Clarksville; Tom Sheraw represents Elsmere; and Amy Grant represents Glenmont.

Six elementary schools ,including the new Eagle Elementary, will form the basis for the new school boundaries.

The Nov. 6 meeting will be held in the Bethlehem High School cafeteria.

EXCEL vote Oct. 30

Voters will head to the polls on Tuesday, Oct.30, to decide the fate of EXCEL funding for the school district. If the proposal to establish $4.9 million of additional funding is approved, the money will go to add eight classrooms at Eagle Elementary to accommodate a full-day kindergarten program. District officials said the cost to the local taxpayer is minimal.

EXCEL (Expanding Our Children's Education and Learning) funds are designated to provide additional funding for school construction projects that fall into four categories: safety, accessibility, physical capacity expansion or school construction and energy efficiency.

District officials have said if the EXCEL vote is defeated, the district would have to reconsider the possibility and timing of full-day kindergarten. The EXCEL vote has no bearing on the current redistricting process taking place.

The EXCEL vote will be held from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Bethlehem Central Middle School at 332 Kenwood Ave.""

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