Millard School Board Approves Boundary Changes

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The Millard School Board has approved new boundaries for the district, dictating where kids will go to school.

The board voted for the changes Monday night in an attempt to deal with over-crowding at some schools.

For months, parents have been getting updated maps and attending planning sessions to weigh-in on the changes.

According to the district, the plan includes grandfathering allowing all current middle school students and fifth grade students to have the option to remain on their current school track.

The grandfathering would also allow elementary students to finish in their current building and provide for a sibling rule to keep kids from being split up across the district.

But the redrawn boundaries will represent a big change for some students. They’ll be headed to different schools next year and some parents are not happy about the classroom shuffle.

One of them said, “I now have a disappointed fourth-grader who will have no friends going to his middle school.”

District superintendent, Dr. Keith Lutz, said, “There's no ulterior motive. It's all about numbers. Somebody has to move back east."

In the end, the board felt it was the right move and unanimously voted to approve the changes.

Haley Cowan is a parent who isn’t happy.

She said, “I built my home a year ago and things are already changing. You know, you take a lot into account when you build your home and that changed a year later. It’s really frustrating.”

She's one of many parents in the Millard South neighborhood who planned on their kids going to Millard West high. Now they'll go to Millard South.

While there's is a grandfather clause for sixth graders and up, John Lesley says there's a problem with that.

“As the rule sits today, if you exercise your grandfathering, then they take away your busing. So you get to stay with the school, but you’re going to find your own way to get there, pay your own way,” Lesley said.

Traffic is another concern for the parents in the Millard South neighborhood. They say the direction the schools are in are harder for them to get to and the roads are congested.

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