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Board pares redistricting plans from five to three

Orchard Park School Board members put all five redistricting plans on the table Tuesday night and decided to consider three of them next month.

The plans have been presented to the public before, but several had been put aside by the board earlier this month. Board members said they want to make a decision next month on the three remaining plans.

"We can't wait another year," said board member Maria Lehman, citing data that two district elementary schools will continue to grow beyond their capacity. "We are getting to a point where we have to look at next year's budget."

The plans are named by the number of pupils each would move. The board considered Plan 667, proposed by the Re-Alignment Committee, as well as the four plans outlined by Superintendent Joan Thomas on Nov. 13: Plan 632, which tweaks the Re-Alignment Plan, and plans that would move 414, 212 or 195 children to new schools.

Board members decided to eliminate Plan 667 because it is very similar to 632, and Plan 195 because it is similar to 212.

Comments from the public will be heard by the board at 7 p.m. Dec.10 in the district offices, and the board plans to vote at its regular meeting the following day, at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 in the high school.

There are concerts Dec. 11 in Eggert and Windom schools, but the superintendent said the realignment issue could be considered after other business to give parents time to attend the concerts.
The board particularly wanted to give families affected by Plan 414 a chance to examine the plan and comment, because it had not been one of the plans that had been targeted previously.

Plan 632 would move the Eaglebrook, Westgate, Cherokee, Camelot, Falconcrest and Chisolm Trail neighborhoods from Eggert to Windom. The Stonehenge neighborhood would move from South Davis to Eggert, and the Sunset neighborhood would move from Eggert to South Davis. The Breezewood/Ashwood neighborhood would move from Ellicott to South Davis, and the Birdsong, Fox Chapel, North/South Lane neighborhoods would move from South Davis to Ellicott.

Plan 414 is similar, and would move the Eaglebrook, Westgate, Cherokee, Camelot, Falconcrest and Chisolm Trail neighborhoods from Eggert to Windom. The Stonehenge neighborhood would move from South Davis to Eggert, and the Sunset neighborhood would move from Eggert to South Davis. The Lakeridge neighborhood would move from Ellicott to South Davis.

Plan 212, which is the plan board members decided to concentrate on Nov. 13, would move the Green Lake neighborhood from South Davis to Windom, the Eaglebrook, Westgate, Cherokee and Camelot neighborhoods from Eggert to Windom and the Murphy, Draudt, Newton and Judith Road neighborhoods from Ellicott to Windom.

Eggert and South Davis are over capacity this year, the superintendent said. According to projections, Eggert would continue to be over capacity until 2015 and South Davis would be over capacity until 2013.

"South Davis is in crisis mode today," said board member Steven Korn. "Somebody has to leave South Davis."

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