Allentown School District holds forum on planned changes to neighborhood schools

Written by on February 27, 2020

Allentown School District holds forum on planned changes to neighborhood schools

By Staci Inez

By February 27, 2020

The Allentown School district is building a new school along Gordon St. between 12th and 13th Streets to replace two of its elementary buildings.

But WLVR’s Staci Inez reports that could end affecting kids and families at six different schools. So, yesterday [Wednesday] they held a public forum to explain the process and get feedback on the changes.

Shelia Alvarado has two kids in the Allentown School District. She said it’s more important for all parents to be informed when changes like rezoning schools are on the table.

“Parents might have a kid that’s in Kindergarten who can’t go to the school that’s closest to where they live and then they have to drop off their kids at two different schools.” 

The district said closing Cleveland and Mckinley while opening a new school requires the districts to be re-drawn it’s part of a plan to help balance enrollment for schools.

Other elementary schools that could be affected in the re-districting process are Ramos, Central, Jackson and Sheridan.

Among topics raised at the forum: what services need to be in place at the new school and what fears parents have about the change.

District officials say they are planning additional meetings on the plans.

For those unable to attend the meetings, the district will be posting a survey on its website about the changes.

Watch Staci’s full PBS39 New Tonight Report.

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