A task force set up to make changes to the student zoning in Metro Schools signed off on its sweeping recommendations at a meeting this afternoon.
The theme of the student reassignment plan is a return to neighborhood schools in place of cross-town bussing that was used to racially integrate schools.
Task force member Don Majors says parents need to know, however, that the changes are merely an option.
“And that option is, do I want to continue going to school in an outlying area with a long bus ride because I feel like that benefits me. Or do I want to go to school close to home…It’s not forced on them to go to that school in that neighborhood.”
Majors says the challenge will be making sure the Metro Schools central office communicates those options to parents when they ask where their child is zoned.
As part of the public hearing process, a few changes were made to the original plan. At first, the proposal recommended adding more staffing to schools that would become higher poverty with the rezoning. Now, it becomes a specific budget line item that the school board and Metro Council would have to fund or not fund.
The task force on student assignment will become a standing committee and will monitor the plan twice per school year.
The school board could vote on the rezoning as early as Tuesday. It would then go into effect in fall 2009.