15.April Greenwood - commended the Superintendent's plan for addressing some of the disparate items that the committees were not able to resolve, but said the committee feels like it may have been “taken on a ride” because the members worked very hard to follow the guidelines given to bring forward recommendations. She requested to see the specific statistics and standard deviations of the Superintendent's proposed plan.
16.Reverend Paul Chaney - commended all committee members, Superintendent and School Board Members, and said he can never recall a time when redistricting was not difficult. He strongly concurred with the Superintendent's recommendation, and requested the Board consider grandfathering rising 7th grade students, not just 8th grade students.
17.Debi Grunewald (Lee Middle School student parent) - said Lee Middle School was built for the residents of the Bayshore community, not as a magnet school. She said the Bayshore community is asking to be left alone in one group, but with the proposed plans 34 children will be uprooted to be redistricted to Harllee Middle School.
18.Julie Castaneda - said Dr. Dearing's proposal does not give the necessary room for growth for a magnet program. She queried the percentages in Dr. Dearing's proposal, as far as bringing equity to low socioeconomic schools.
Superintendent Dearing reviewed the statistics in question.
Ms. Casteneda pointed out that Dr. Dearing's commitment to the plan overall was stated during an August 23, 2003 Workshop to decrease minority group isolation and to avoid resegregation of schools by working toward a goal to create a student population at every district school that reflects the diversity in the county overall. She stated that in her opinion, that while appeasing a lot of people, the Superintendent's current plan does not.
19.Karen Lacaille - encouraged people in her community to volunteer at a school their child may be redistricted to attend, and to not “knock a school until you walk in.” She said, “You make a school by a community getting together and volunteering and making the school a community, not arguing and fighting over it. All this fighting -- we could have gone into the school (Harllee and Johnson) and it could have already been an 'A' by now.” She again spoke in favor of redistricting, whatever plan is adopted.
20.Scot Boice (principal of Lee Middle School) - encouraged the ability for as many students as possible to attend Lee Middle School who choose to have an education that focuses on the arts in education, exercising their right to School Choice.