Redrawing the boundaries within a school district is one of those tasks that will win officials few friends and plenty of detractors. It’s not pretty, but, as the saying goes, somebody has to do it.
The board of the Canon-McMillan School District had to carry out that unpleasant chore last week, agreeing on a “microredistricting” plan that would shift 50 students and an as-yet-undetermined number of kindergartners out of the elementary schools they are now attending into other schools in the 2014-15 academic year. This is being done in order to balance out classroom sizes and avoid having to bring more teachers onboard or rent portable classrooms, the cost of which can run up to $500,000 per year.
With the district growing at a rate of at least 50 students per year, thanks to all those housing plans cropping up in the orbit of Southpointe in Cecil and North Strabane townships, the “microredistricting” plan looks to be a stopgap measure, with the likelihood some of Canon-McMillan’s elementary schools will eventually be closed or significantly refurbished in order to bring them up to date and accommodate the students growth projections say are on the way.
While some parents complained that uprooting their children from one school to another would traumatize them, we’re betting those students will be able to manage the transition without any difficulty. In a mobile society like ours, families frequently move across town, across the state or across the country.
And since they’re at an age where they are at their most malleable, the majority of young people are able to easily adjust to new circumstances.
Besides, it could be an opportunity to impart a valuable lesson – that our time on this planet is full of transitions and changes, and being able to adapt is one of life’s necessities.