As to redistricting, any closures will naturally ripple throughout the entire system. The numbers of students affected will depend on the number, location and level of the schools closed. Closing one or two elementary schools will cause a bit less disruption overall than the closing of a high school since those draw students from several feeder schools over a wider geographic area. Because of declining school-age populations, some closures and the resultant changes in district boundaries are probably necessary but the locations of those closures need to be carefully studied not only for the population changes but for the overall effect that such a closure would have on other areas of life in those areas. Among the questions to be asked would be: Is the building and grounds used extensively for extracurricular activities by groups other than those sponsored by the school? What are the economic ramifications for the surrounding community in the event of a closure? How would a redistricting proposal affect the transportation of students? Would travel times be significantly increased? As a parent, that last question could be the determining factor in whether I would support or vigorously oppose such a proposal.