School board plan to move students draws opposition
After the parents and other residents voiced their concerns at a school board meeting on Aug. 12, board members chose not to change their decision. A motion to rescind the decision by board member Dan McKenna failed to receive a second.
In addition, the Next Charter School, which currently occupies the former DEEP site, is relocating to West Running Brook Middle School to make room for the additional space needs of the preschool program, Nelson said.
Parents who attended the meeting on Aug. 12 voiced opposition to the plan, saying it was hastily made and would disrupt a number of students.
Parent John Downing said he had concerns about the impact of moving the charter school students into the middle school.
Other parents said the decision to make the moves should be rescinded until a study of the school district’s space needs can be released in October.
School board member Jennifer Lague said the decision was made with the entire school district in mind.
School board chairman Neale Ochs said the board members made the best decision they could make, given the time constraints they were under. School is scheduled to start on Aug. 28.
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