As a parent of two students “assigned” to Park Forest Elementary, I have to voice my dismay regarding the proposed redistricting that State College Area School District hopes to implement for fall 2011.
We moved here a year and a half ago. The purchase of our home located between Graysdale and Ambleside was greatly influenced by Gray’s Woods Elementary (which the sellers’ three children attended) and the neighborhood itself. It wasn’t until we registered our children for district enrollment that we learned we were in a swing zone. We were assigned to Park Forest Elementary.
We appealed this and were denied enrollment to Gray’s Woods. The registrar assured me that “once the children are enrolled in a school, they will be “grandfathered in” — meaning they wouldn’t be reassigned if redistricting takes place. So we pumped the kids up at this “bump in the road.” Park Forest has provided them with a welcoming community in which they have thrived and found firm footing.
A proposed redistricting plan now tells us our remaining children (rising third and fifth grades) are to be reassigned to Gray’s Woods. We are now faced with having to change back to the school we should have gone to in the first place. Why no mention of “grandfathering” in current students and their families? One of the responsibilities we accept as parents is to look out for our children’s best interests. Shouldn’t the school board be doing the same thing?
Shouldn't we all be looking out for the best interest of our children?