Letter: Parent not pleased with redistricting impacts

Editor’s Note: the following letter was sent to the Milford Board of Education, with a copy to the Milford Mirror.
To the school board:
Hello to all esteemed members of Milford Board of Education.
I have had time to review the proposal laid out by Milone and MacBroom and I am quite disappointed by the fact it will mean that my oldest son will be forced into changing schools based upon this proposal. He will be in fifth grade next year and has gone from school A over to school B – back to school A – and now onto school C for one year (before moving on to middle school).
It matters not which schools each of these are – and I am sure that there are other students in the same situation albeit one would need to switch up the lettering slightly to accommodate each of them.
I am also disappointed that as in the first so called study done four years ago, once again we are left with one so called “viable” option.
I thought that the only viable option was to split the grades up – which we now see was not as viable as it once was.
There are several topics that are left out of the study – such as who will be bussed and who will be what is loosely termed as a “walker.”
I use the term walker loosely here as the large majority of these end up being driven to school rather than walking. Often times in the winter months walking is not such a great option due to either cold weather and or snow and ice on the sidewalks.
Another topic that is not well defined is how many of these children who may or may not be walkers (as we loosely have defined) now have to walk across a busy street? As for my sons this will now be the case. However, since I have been presented with the opportunity of picking my progeny up from the bus stop, this being the reward for those of us that at one time had purchased a nice abode a stone’s throw from our once upon a time predestined elementary school, I have witnessed the hazard of mixing young children with those being late for their daily post at their place of employment.
It is oftentimes that such people cannot be bothered to slow down or heaven forbid actually stop for a young child getting on or off a bus – or crossing the street in their paths either with or without a crossing guard.
But alas must I actually point out the obvious here – we as a town have not done a good service to our youngest of all students. They all but feel a part of any of the schools in which they have attended nor will they likely feel any strong allegiance to yet another new school that they are shuffled off to spend yet another year in.
This is most unfair to them as they are the true pawns in this endeavor – yes it is they who are once again set aside as just a number on a chart – as another statistic hidden under the guise of another new “only viable option.”
Charles Parker