Still more work to do before redistricting plan adopted

There is still more work to be done before the Board of Education adopts a redistricting plan.

The board met for a third workshop Monday evening at City Hall, where Milone and MacBroom, the consulting firm preparing the redistricting options, answered questions board members had posed, and the board received preliminary information about possibly grandfathering some students so they can stay at their current schools.

“I do not have a timeline yet on when we will be making these decisions,” said Board of Education Chairman Susan Glennon. “There is still more work to be done.”

Some parents who spoke at a Milford elementary school redistricting meeting last week asked the Board of Education not to move forward with any of the options presented so far by the consulting group Milone and MacBroom.

Other parents asked the school board to consider various factors if they do select one of the options, such as allowing students going into fifth grade next year to stay at their current school even if redistricting places them in a different school district.

Next school year the elementary schools are expected to go from the current K-2/3-5 configuration to a K-5 configuration, with preK at four of the schools. An imbalance in student populations between the west side and east side of town required redistricting.

Parents in general who spoke last week said they aren’t happy that so many students will be moved from the schools they are currently in under the redistricting options.

Rebecca Augur, of Milone and MacBroom, responded to the comments by saying there is a lot of movement because the schools on the west side of town have a greater number of students than the schools on the east side. The student population in Milford is declining, but it is declining faster on the east side, she explained.

“We need to shift students toward the east where you have room,” Augur said.

Laura Katz said seeing so many dramatic changes in her child’s early education is “frustrating.” Her child was to be a fifth grader at Meadowside next year but now will be redistricted along with 12 other students from Meadowside to Calf Pen Meadow for her last year of elementary school.

“The final year in elementary school is a big deal for these kids,” Katz said.

She asked that next year’s fifth graders be grandfathered in and allowed to stay in their current school.

Glennon asked the board to think about grandfathering those fifth graders, and heard data about that option when the board met again this Monday at Milford City Hall.

Parents can view the redistricting information presented to the board by going to the school board website, There are maps showing the proposed district lines so parents can see which elementary school their children would attend under the various proposals.