By Rachel Kellogg
Fulton County School System operational planning director Yngrid Huff was met with cheers and applause last week when she told a room full of parents that the redistricting map they were seeing would not be the final version.
At the third and final redistricting meeting for the new high school at Bethany Bend, which opens fall of 2012, Huff said the school board is still attempting to get feedback for the final version of the map.
Though she said she realized many parents were unhappy with the map, she stressed the importance of gaining well-rounded perspectives.
“It is equally important to hear what you do like,” she said.
But several community members and parents say they are having a hard time finding anything to like about the map, which would send the northeastern section of Roswell High School’s zone, including the Edenwilde Subdivision, to Milton High School and the northern half of Milton High’s zone to the new school.
“I’m seeing communities torn apart. I don’t think anyone is happy [with the map],” said Mike Nyden, head of The Roswell Organizing Committee. But Nyden said simply tweaking the map is not a viable option. He said the problem lies within the school system’s redistricting process.
“The process is broken, and it needs to be fixed,” he said.
Nyden said the location of the new school was poorly chosen, considering that most of the overcrowding issues are with Roswell High.
“What you have is a new high school where the kids aren’t,” he said.
In a letter sent to several elected officials and news organizations, parents Kimberly McCool and Melissa Thomas-Dubois outlined their concerns about the map, first noting that many children will be sent to schools which are not the closet to them.
“The current Plan C moves many students farther away from their home high school, not only causing chaos and inconvenience, but as gas prices approach $5 a gallon, significant transportation costs for the [board of education],” the letter said.
Though all changes will take effect in August of next year, the recommended redistricting map will be presented to the school board in May and will be voted on in June.