PTO head to BoE: ‘Do better next time’

Tue, 02/13/2007 - 4:58pm
By: John Thompson

When next fall’s attendance boundary hearings start for elementary schools, one resident is hoping the Fayette Board of Education learned a lesson from the Bennett’s Mill Middle School controversy.

Booth Middle School PTO President Angela Newton asked the board to do things much differently in the future.

“This next redistricting is important and complex and many in our community are going to be excluded,” she said.

Newton was referring to recent comments that the elementary school principals would each pick one representative to serve on the committee.

“We came here for the schools and people will leave the public school system and the county if they’re not included,” she added.

The school system took it on the chin last fall after numerous parents complained that they were left out of the decision-making process that determined which students would attend the new Bennett’s Mill Middle School. The chief source of grumbling was that the committee was all school administrators and no parents.

“We have an awesome opportunity here,” she added.

Superintendent of Education John DeCotis said work had not even started on forming the committee, but said all issues would be considered and communicated before any decisions are made.

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