School officials oppose redrawing district lines


School officials reinforced last week their opposition to redrawing elementary school lines to accommodate developers.

At Thursday's planning commission meeting, Vernon L. Smith, the school facilities director, showed the seven-member panel that shifting students from one crowded elementary school near Westminster would make almost all four of them that serve the county seat crowded.

"To disrupt families is not in the best interest of the students," Mr. Smith said. "This is one of the primary reasons we don't" redraw district boundaries for developers.

The planning commission decided last month to halt final approvals of developments served by crowded elementary schools until they could arrive at a way to address the problem.

One idea the commission floated was to ask the school board to redraw district lines so that some schools deemed inadequate would be rated adequate.

Mr. Smith chose the Westminster elementary schools because the 157-unit development halted by the commission last month was to be served by Friendship Valley, which is crowded.

In the Westminster area, two schools have room for a total of 38 additional students and the other two are over capacity by 152 students, Mr. Smith said.

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