Web Exclusive - Final map approved by the Fayette County BOE

Wed, 01/09/2008 - 1:56pm
By: The Citizen

Web Exclusive - Final map approved2

This is the final map approved by the Fayette County Board of Education for next year's elementary school boundaries.

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Submitted by secret squirrel on Thu, 01/10/2008 - 9:50am.

The map generally reflects some informed reasoning as do the policy choices the BOE has made, especially regarding staff enrolling their own children at the school at they work.

However the boundries for Kedron Elementary are ridiculous and look suspiciously like racial/socio-economically motivated voting districts drawn by federal and state governments which serve ulterior purposes. I encourage anyone supporting this BOE map to closely look at the boundaries for Kedron Elementary and defend them, as drawn, in a logical and rational manner. The inclusion of the Wynnmeade area is extremely hard to justify using the consideration allegedly used for re-drawing school lines elsewhere.

Submitted by other side trax on Thu, 01/10/2008 - 12:04pm.

You could make the same comment about wierd boundary lines for both Maps A and B that were presented to the School Board as they relate to the Kedron boundaries. Option A MOVED Centennial, Cedar Croft, and Camden to Kedron, and KEPT Wynnmeade & Ashton Reserve at PTC Elementary. Take a look at the old Map A. The Map A boundary lines are even worse. The recently approved AB Map adopted the Map B boundaries for Kedron Elementary. So the bottom line is the School Board, based on input from the public forum, chose the better option.
Socio-economically, this option maintains the diversity of PTC Elementary, while INCREASING the socio-economic diversity at Kedron. Say what you want, but diversity in education is a good thing.

And though the lines look like some hanky-panky is going on, what would be the point? Votes? Last time I checked, elementary school children don't. The lines drawn here are not voting districts.

So your comments really just amount to another theory looking for a conspiracy. Or are you just a disgruntled Kedron resident who'd like to keep Wynnmeade residents at a distance?

From the other side of the tracks (No, I'm not a Wynnmeade resident)

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Submitted by secret squirrel on Thu, 01/10/2008 - 2:45pm.

My point does not implicate diversity as a beneficial quality to education; something I too believe in. You'd be wise to restrain your assumptions about who/what I am.

First, do you honestly believe I was suggesting that re-drawing the lines with consideration of socio-economic factors would placate children into voting? You're reaching for the absurd. The point is that THEIR PARENTS (i.e. people of voting age) would be assuaged. It's done in regards to political boundaries quite often for this reason alone. You are hard pressed to prove that the boundaries for Kedron do not appear similar to some of the wild boundaries drawn for many federal congressional districts. You yourself admit as much. You even answer your own question as to the point of doing so. Are you looking at this map and contending that there isn't a motive outside of geographic considerations?

Again, I suggest you look at the map and compare the Kedron boundaries to other schools and notice the odd difference. Then I'd ask you to come up with an answer that fits a logical geographic explanation. The answer is more likely elsewhere. My immediate reaction, in fact, was to the similarity this map had to bussing-route maps of the 1960's and 70's in some areas of the US.

Perhaps I'm a Wynnmeade resident who does not want my child trucked way the hell north and across 74 to Kedron OR PTC Elementary. Perhaps I'd prefer something more geographically logical and accessible and, frankly, close to home. Or perhaps I live in Braelinn and just think the map looks suspiciously strange.

Submitted by other side trax on Thu, 01/10/2008 - 3:07pm.

Didn't mean to spin your hat around with the "Kedron" comment. From all of your defensiveness, I must have been close to the mark.
As for the boundaries, I merely stated that the Board was presented with two options that BOTH had funky boundaries. But their final decision had to make the numbers of students at each school come out equitably.
Don't ask me to justify it, I didn't create it. It is what it is. In both of your posts you allude to some kind of nefarious evil plan. There was no wrongdoing by some nefarious group here. The options were created with community volunteer involvement. And to suggest that there is some nefarious evil plan at work here is ludicrous.
So the boundaries are funky. They had to draw them to capture the right number of students. There was no ulterior motive. And at the end of the day, children will get the essentially the same quality of education at either Kedron or PTC Elementary.

From the other side of the tracks

Submitted by g8trgrl on Thu, 01/10/2008 - 6:46pm.

The BoE's maps did not make the school numbers equitable at all! Minter has 400 kids next year (school is built to hold 763) and Peeples has 800 next year (built to hold 763). What is equitable about that? Also, those maps the board used to vote on were not maps provided with community volunteer involvement. They were drawn up by Sam Sweat per the Board's request to honor almost all requests from the public. They looked nothing like the 2 maps provided by committee. The boundaries are funky & were drawn with ulterior motive to keep voters happy in November!

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Submitted by Main Stream on Thu, 01/10/2008 - 12:10pm.

does need to be integrated into Kedron, for the sake of Kedron. My kids go to PTC Elem. and the racial make-up of the school is very diverse, which we love.

Kedron, on the other hand, is lily-white. More diversity at Kedron, will help the kids transition into more racially diverse middle schools, like Booth, which is very diverse.

Submitted by wheeljc on Thu, 01/10/2008 - 11:28am.

Tell me it is not so Squirrel!! Surely the Fayette County BOE would not participate in such a slight of hand! Gosh!! Gee!!

Submitted by jjj on Thu, 01/10/2008 - 7:17am.

Fayette Board of Ed... you had me wondering when you didn't vote for map A & you didn't vote for map B BUT you passed map AB. For weeks I searched for what that actually meant I went through the holidays wondering what was accomplished. I'm impressed- THANK YOU! The 2008-2009 map you now have posted on your website FCBOE.org is actually color coded so we can tell the difference between neighboring schools. The schools are highlighted by a red star and the name of the school is clearly written. The schools are being fed in by close neighborhoods and with major roads being boundaries. If you live within a mile of a school that is where you will be attending. Thank you for getting rid of the idea of passing by one school to attend another with cut out boundaries right and left! It is a good start now please don't make ANY exceptions. Parents and employees need to support their new school. If you work in the system your kids need to attend your school you are employed at or their feeders- NO EXCEPTIONS! Each school in the county has wonderful kids, parents and staff now lets better our education even more by supporting the system, following the boundaries and not cheating it. All kids love to learn and parents can help make that even more possible by 110% support.

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