Redistricting plan passed by county school board

By MELISSA ARNOLD State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Many students living in the west side of Franklin County will find themselves in new school districts for the 2004-2005 school year.

The redistricting for Collins Lane, Bridgeport and Westridge -which will replace Bald Knob School - was approved Monday night by the Franklin County Board of Education. The opening of Westridge in 2004 makes the redistricting necessary.

Four factors were considered when determining the new districts: estimated enrollments, limitations of the facilities, anticipated five-year growth and traffic patterns.

Superintendent Monte Chance said the main concerns he heard from the public involved child care, class size and how long their children would have to be on the bus. He said he has tried to address all of these issues.

"Everyone reacts differently to the (redistricting) depending on their situation and how they are impacted by this change," he said.

In other news, Ken Stanfield, architect with Sherman-Carter-Barnhart, showed the board a video of the progress being made on Westridge Elementary.

"Right now things look really good," he said. "We just about have the gymnasium ready to pour the slab and we are ahead of schedule in comparison to the Peaks Mill project."

The board approved a $76,895 payment to Sherman-Carter-Barnhart Architects for work on Westridge Elementary and the upcoming replacement of Bridgeport Elementary with a new building near Western Hills High School as well as $618,963 to D.W. Wilburn, Inc., for work accomplished on Westridge.

Also, the board approved a $130,677 payment to Ross-Tarrant Architects, Inc. for work on the Bondurant Middle School project, Hearn Elementary project, WHHS renovation, Elkhorn Middle renovation, WHHS softball press box and bleachers and tracks and tennis courts at both high schools.

Tami Stetler, a parent representative on the Bridgeport Elementary council, asked the board to let the community have a say in the naming of the new school. She said people have come to her complaining about having to rename the school so quickly.

For more on this story, see the latest State Journal.

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