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Frost Illustrated (Newspaper) - May 20, 1998, Fort Wayne, Indiana Vol. 30 No. 20 Fort Wayne's Leading Independent Weekly Newspaper May 20-26, 1998 quarters are middle school age and the rest attend high he The proposed One reason the school system is COLlId be Long bus rides and overcrowding in reestablishing boundaries in some yco uc some school districts are problems in districts is that students are being bussed Submitted tO the SChOOl the eyes of many Fort Wayne to as many as 25 different schools in fnr qc Community School so one district ofthe Koos The clb they're doing something about it. goal in reestablishing some ofthe school Gaily 3S School reps have been meeting with boundaries is to reduce that number to parents since last year to develop plans 12 or 15, at by changing the Community that would reestablish boundaries for enrollment boundaries for schools in not changing all school 14 of the most crowded school 14 ofthe most areas of re only interested in those They will host two more meetings the areas with projected overpopulation before finalizing those want to reduce the enrollment and the longest bus rides for our Members of the community interested in some of our areas that are the fastest he in viewing and making suggestions to growing in the city and to shorten bus The proposed changes call for the these plans can attend public meetings rides for some Koos school system to grandfather in on the topic from 7 to 9 we look at boundaries those are students where proposed changes will High or 7 to 9 two factors we took into consideration occur so current students at the schools next High in trying to improve the situation for would not be The Heading the effort is Dr. Jerry youngsters and We have Koos will only impact students students riding buses for as much as 1 who are new to the effected schools According to Fort Wayne hour and 15 minutes and we who do not have older siblings Community Schools has 240 buses want to try to get bus rides under an attending those because taking approximately 18,000 students he goal is to keep families 1* to 51 schools More than half of Koos stressed that the redistricting No he will be re- those students are elementary does not include all Fort Wayne moved from their current schools as a pi m PI 1 r a to mm DR. JERRY KOOS and students with submitted to the school board for older siblings already attending schools Koos said will be able to attend the same some changes would rather than being separated and bussed to other be implemented when school resumes in the The rest would be While implementing the implemented in 1999. Koos the district intends to One school board member looks maintain the 15 to 40 percent Afrikan forward to viewing the final proposals American population public schools Redrawing the boundaries in some must according to federal school areas definitely ft said School Board Vice President Payne District representatives already have met with parents and concerned is clearly a problem with members of the community regarding overcrowding when we have some the redistricting on a number of According to five with 700 students and others ly 300 Brown he small focus groups of parents have thing that is most been meeting since March to provide troubling to me - and I don't know the school system with input on the how you resolve it - is the length of proposed 11 r the bus drive for some of our We have had at least 17 parent Brown said talking with parents and meetings since last year with 10 to 50 community and the parents attending each meeting and suggestion to grandfather changes in making Koos rather than relocate students in a result of those meetings and are some of the best facets of this he redistricting dropped some ofthe options and added The majority of the schools that some that were not on the original would be effected by the changes are Now we're going back out to located in the northeast and northwest talk to parents about the proposals to areas ofthe city because those areas are the ones the district expects to have the secure more The proposed changes could be most growth in coming Frost Illustrated 3121 S. Calhoun Fort IN 46807 BULK RATE U.S. POSTAGE PAID FT. IN PERMIT NO. 1049
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