Wheatfield pupils shouldn't be moved
Last fall, my neighborhood of Wheatfield fought the battle of high school redistricting. Our community took the position that, "We are part of the Northeast community and we want our children educated with our Route 103 neighbors."
Wheatfield borders the Stonecrest neighborhood, the Brampton Hills neighborhood, Route 100 and the Long Gate Shopping Center. Less than a year has passed, and we're fighting the same battle again; but this time it's at the elementary school level.
At the beginning of this redistricting process, residents of our neighborhood held a community meeting and by consensus we agreed to hold our position in letters to the School Boundary Line Committee: "We are part of the Northeast community and we want our children educated with our Route 103 neighbors."
It is now approaching the approval of the boundary line maps, and I am writing again, "We are part of the Northeast community and we want our children educated with our Route 103 neighbors."
How many times do we need to say it before someone in the Department of Education listens? Unlike the relocatables that the county uses to alleviate overcrowding problems in our schools, our children cannot be plucked up from one school and moved to where ever extra bodies are needed.
Wheatfield is a very significant part of the larger community made up of all the Route 103 neighborhoods, and Wheatfield's children need to stay with the community with whom they interact on a daily basis inside and outside of school.
Only one of the proposed boundary line maps keeps Wheatfield in a Northeast school with other Route 103 neighborhoods.
A lot of changes can occur to these maps between now and November 21. While evaluating all options, I ask the Board of Education to listen this time. Keep Wheatfield's children in the Northeast schools with their friends and neighbors.