Several families living near Greenwood Elementary School in Plymouth, Minn. moved to the neighborhood to make sure their children could bike or walk to school safely. But now that the Wayzata School District is building a new elementary school and making boundary changes, students living right next to Greenwood could soon be forced to go to a different school.
Under a current proposal, starting in 2016, children living in a neighborhood connected by a path to Greenwood could instead be taking a bus 2 1/2 miles away to Oakwood Elementary or a new elementary school set to open in a year.
"Not everyone gets into a good school district like this that they can walk to," Greenwood neighbor Linda Macklin said. "The path is an added privilege. This was made specifically to ensure the safety of the kids."
The home-to-Greenwood proximity is the primary reason Tina Tott bought her home. She says the potential boundary changes are a serious disruption to her 6th grader.
"To pull her out of her junior high school in her last year and make her go to a different school where she doesn't know any of the teachers, where she isn't familiar with it, is not right," Tott said.
Wayzata School Board chair Linda Cohen stressed that these changes are "not a done deal." The school board is welcoming feedback on what Cohen assures are simply boundary recommendations to ensure capacity use and class size is balanced district-wide.
"What we're looking at is trying to get the best situation for all of our students and families," Cohen said. "It's not that we're valuing one part of the district more than another whatsoever."
Tuesday, May 26: Public hearing at Central Middle School
Thursday, June 4: Wayzata School Board work session to review public comments
Monday, June 8: Possible vote on boundary recommendations