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Quiet public forum clarifies options for Chandler students

04/20/2009 5:57 PM by

Two scenarios of how the Chandler MS students might be distributed were presented at a public forum before the RPS School Board this evening. Both plans split the children between Martin Luther King MS and Henderson MS, and possibly Binford MS.

The meeting in the school board conference room took place with all 9 members of the school board, Superintendent Brandon, and a crowd of about 25. Half of the crowd look like media or seemed to be RPS affiliated in some way.

Two scenerios were presented:

SCENARIO 1

SCHOOL CAPACITY
NUMBER
09/10 W/OUT
CHANDLER
CH.5th GRADE
AFFECTED
CH.6th GRADE
AFFECTED
CH.7th GRADE
AFFECTED
# MOVING 09/10 WITH CAPACITY
PERCENT
MLK 1000 655 74 35 62 171 826 83%
HENDERSON 880 519 96 43 56 195 714 81%

SCENARIO 2

SCHOOL CAPACITY
NUMBER
09/10 W/OUT
CHANDLER
CH.5th GRADE
AFFECTED
CH.6th GRADE
AFFECTED
CH.7th GRADE
AFFECTED
# MOVING 09/10 WITH CAPACITY
PERCENT
MLK 1000 655 67 29 52 148 803 80%
HENDERSON 880 542 70 29 42 141 683 78%
BINFORD 540 386 26 19 16 77 463 86%

CURRENT BOUNDARIES

Current Boundaries (2008/09)

SCENARIO #1

Scenerio #1

Scenerio #1

SCENARIO #2

Scenerio #2

Scenerio #2

After the presentation, time was offered for public questions and response. Here are the main points of the speakers:

  • Increasing capacity at Henderson threatens having the ability to offer an IB program in the future.
  • Will Community High be moving to Chandler? 6ht District Rep. Smith – We are “moving forward with that plan.”
  • Man has 2 kids zoned for Boushall, wants to get kids into Hill or Binford as Boushall is not accredited. Worries that these schools will be even more unvailable as options now.
  • Chandler parent. Doesn’t want student to go to MLK or Henderson, is concerned about “overcrowding”, would like student to go to Binford.
  • Parent whose daughter is in 5th grade at Fisher Elementery, new homeowner on Overbrook. Was countin on NCLB to get girl out of Chandler, does not want to sent her to MLK or Henderson.
  • Art Burton (community activist) – Support of Scenerio #1, concerend about dividing communities. The closing of Chandler offers the opportunity to provide resources to MLK. This stems declining enrollment. Has concerns about the condition of the facility, lack of parental involvement.

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