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Neighborhood groups protest attendance boundary plans

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Residents from four eastern Woodbury neighborhoods showed up in force Tuesday night at the attendance boundary oversight committee meeting at Cottage Grove Junior High School Tuesday to protest plans for changes to middle school attendance boundaries in the fall of 2009.

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The resdients -- from Powers Lake, Lake Place, Valley Ridge Estates and Lakeview Knolls north of Valley Creek Road -- don't want students from their neighborhoods to attend Woodbury Middle School.

They want their children to go to Lake Middle School instead, as they would under current attendance boundaries.

Woodbury middle schools will be overcrowded if boundaries are not changed, according to district projections, meaning some students will have to be moved to either Oltman or Cottage Grove middle schools.

The task force also took comments from residents of the Wild Canyon and Orchard Ridge area who oppose sending their students to Oltman Middle School.

Residents of Watertower place, Cobblestone Park Place and Homestead Hills, whose children attend Red Rock Elementary School, do not want their area split so some students would go to Lake Middle School and others to Woodbury Middle School.

The Middle School Attendance Boundary Task Force came up with plans to go along with each of three elementary school plans created by a previous task force. The middle school group will pass on its plans Tuesday, Feb. 26, to another group that will create three plans for high school boundaries.

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Judy Spooner
Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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