Wednesday, March 10, 1999

Lakota studies redistricting

Some schools over capacity

Enquirer Contributor

        The Lakota school board is studying a redistricting plan for elementary students.

        Children in five subdivisions who attend Cherokee Elementary School would go to Fairfield Elementary under the proposal.

        Three other subdivisions in the Freedom/Union attendance area would move to Adena Elementary under the plan Superintendent Kathleen Klink presented to the school board Monday.

        “We know we have some buildings (over capacity) and we know we have some buildings that are underutilized,” Mrs. Klink said.

        By moving the students, the district would have more time to study where a new school should be built.

        A February report from the Lakota Advisory Commission (LAC) said the district would need to build another school within five to six years, based on projected growth.

        The group offered three plans, costing between $13.7 million and $40 million each.

        Town meetings on those plans are set April 7 at Lakota East High School and April 13 at Lakota West High School.

        In its report, the LAC recommended minor redistricting for the 1999-2000 school year to alleviate crowding at Cherokee and Freedom elementaries. Without redistricting, Cherokee would be at 124 percent capacity next fall and Freedom would reach 121 percent.

        The proposal calls for the Elk Run, Williamsburg, Cherokee Estates, Countryside Village and Fox Chapel subdivisions to move from Cherokee Elementary to Liberty.

        Those who live in Meadow Ridge Apartments, North Point Condominiums and Gano would move to Adena Elementary, Mrs. Klink said.

        Should the redistricting plan be adopted, 757 children would go to Cherokee in August and 725 to Freedom, leaving both schools room to grow. Freedom's capacity is 800; Cherokee's, 825.

        The additional students at Liberty Elementary would in crease its enrollment to 618 students; its capacity is 650.

        Union Elementary's enrollment would go down slightly to 589, while Adena's enrollment would increase to 799 in a building designed to hold up to 825.

        Maps showing the proposed changes will be available at the schools today or Thursday. The board is to vote on the plan March 22.


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