Letter: Response to boundary meetingWe welcomed the opportunity to provide feedback regarding the three elementary school boundary plans at the recent district Oversight Committee meeting.
We welcomed the opportunity to provide feedback regarding the three elementary school boundary plans at the recent district Oversight Committee meeting. Clearly, much time and effort has been put into developing the three plans (Red, White and Blue).
While we understand that each plan has its merit the Red plan appears to be the most disruptive to current school communities, across the district, displacing too many children. Considering recent and future growth is important, however not at the expense of the students currently attending our schools.
We live in the Brighton’s Landing development, adjacent to the Colby Lake development. We built our home in 1993 and our three children have all attended Middleton Elementary.
The Red plan calls for children in this development to move to Royal Oaks Elementary, essentially isolating our neighborhood from the surrounding area. Many children in this neighborhood are “walkers” to Middleton. They would all need to ride the bus to Royal Oaks — an added transportation cost.
Moreover, if we moved to Royal Oaks there is a strong possibility that our children, who are all “walkers” to Lake Junior High School would be placed on a bus across town to Woodbury Junior High, further displacing our neighborhood from the rest of our school community.
Brighton’s Landing is not an “outpost” to the Middleton attendance area-we are part of the core neighborhood and have been a part of this community since the school was built.
Why should an established neighborhood with historical ties to a particular school — and within walking distance) — have to be relocated to accommodate those peopl e who recently moved into Woodbury knowing that their “neighborhood” school could not accommodate the growth in their area?
The Brighton’s Landing neighborhood has had a vested interest in the Middleton Community since the school was built in 1991 and we feel we have earned the right to remain there.
Sean and Ann Smith