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Parents fight against proposed school redistricting plan

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By The Staff

SHEPHERDSVILLE - Parents made emotional pleas Tuesday evening to the Bullitt County Public School Board.

They didn't want to see their children forced to attend a new school beginning next fall due to a massive redistricting plan proposed.

The board listened as parents presented reasons why the boundaries should not be changed, made threats of pulling kids out of the public school system and offered suggestions on how to equalize the population in the schools.

Some questioned whether the board had already made up its mind.

Others said they didn't want to be in the position held by the board or superintendent Keith Davis.

At the end of the two hours of testimony Tuesday evening, board members said they would look at all the questions and concerns before returning with a possible redistricting plan.

Although the original timeline was to vote in September on the proposal, chairman Sammy Allen said that wouldn't be met. He felt there were many questions to be answered.

Davis said he wanted a decision on a plan by December or January to give parents plenty of notice on any changes for the 2010-11 school year.

Over 1,000 youngsters would change schools under the original proposal.

On Tuesday, the largest contingency of disgruntled parents came from the Hunters Hollow II subdivision. Students in that subdivision would be redistricted for the second time in five years. This time, youngsters would go from Overdale to Maryville Elementary.

Another contingency came from Pleasant Grove Elementary where some parents were not pleased to be redistricted to Mount Washington Elementary.

See Monday's edition of The Pioneer News for the full story.