Choices Fair Offers Options Following Boundary Changes

By: Alicia Myers Email
By: Alicia Myers Email

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Taking a tour of all the schools in the USD 259 district was intriguing for some parents.

For those who will see their students' schools close this Spring, the Choices Fair was an event they say they never planned to attend.

"We have a non choice choice. We can't send her back to the school we planned on sending her to. So, we have to make a decision," said Kristina Ringer, Emerson elementary parent.

"If I had a choice, we'd be going to Emerson. If I wanted any other school, I would be at that school," said Lisa Huggins, Emerson elementary parent.

Since that is no longer an option, some say they feel pressured to make the right decision in a short amount of time.

"It's a little overwhelming to decide which focus or emphasis you send them to, that would be best for them," said Judd Blake, Bryant elementary parent.

Not everyone thinks change is bad.

Elijah Emory will be one of hundreds of students to attend school in the new southeast K-8 building this Fall.

"It kind of surprised me that I get to go to a new school, and we get to try something new," said Emory.

Five new schools will be opened this fall, as the district looks toward the future, something some taxpayers agree with.

"If we're taking old buildings out, and getting new buildings, as taxpayers that should be saving us a lot of money, just in the efficiency of the buildings. I think that is good use of our tax dollars," said Michal Emory, Elijah's father.

Members of Occupy Wichita, along with concerned parents, have filed an official complaint to the U.S. Department of Education on its decision to close five schools.

The complaint says its discriminatory against students, based on disabilities and race.

For more information on the boundary changesclick here.

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