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Written by JOE POIRIER   
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 17:27

Board approves new reassignment map in preparation for demolition of one school, expansion of two others

   The Grafton School Board on Monday unanimously approved next year’s attendance map for elementary school students.
    The School District had to reassign students to schools because of a $39.9 million referendum approved by voters in April that calls for the demolition of Grafton Elementary School and the expansion of Woodview and Kennedy.
    Grafton Elementary School students will be assigned to other schools for the 2018-19 school year, but other elementary school students will also be affected.
    The challenges the district addressed when making its decision included balancing the number of students between the two schools, planning the busing routes and determining the travel times for parents.
    Supt. Jeff Nelson said he and the district’s busing provider, Riteway, have consulted with the village and town planners to estimate the future growth and lot inventory to help draft the attendance maps.
    The board chose between two map options. Both options primarily use Washington Street as the north-to-south border with Woodview to the north and Kennedy to the south.
    The first plan was considered by the School Board to be the least disruptive for families but it has slightly longer route times. The plan divides its attendance border east to west along Cheyenne Avenue from Washington Street to Falls Road. 
    The second plan also uses Washington Street as the boundary, but it doesn’t include room for a number of students who live west of First Avenue to attend Kennedy Elementary School.
    The board opted for the second option primarily because of route times. According to the district, about 50 students will be affected by the plan.
    During the discussion of the attendance maps, board member Jerry Rossi noted that it could be beneficial for students if more students change schools.
    “If we choose the first option, everyone else knows everybody at the school and one student knows no one,” he said.
    “With the second option, at least some of the kids will know somebody from their former school.”
    Nelson said the School District will review the attendance map after next year to determine if there needs to be any alterations.

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