Moving the Millard Boundaries

The Millard School District is changing boundaries and on Wednesday night, parents got a better idea of what they’ll look like. Some are worried about the impact on the kids.

With few words, Jennifer Donohue got right to the point: one school district, bound together through one common theme. "Millard is Millard, exactly," she said.

Donohue's 11-year-old won't be affected by proposed changes in his neighborhood. He's headed off to middle school but others in the neighborhood will be.

Jennifer said, “Depending on where the dividing line is, they may be going to a different school."

In fact, the Donohue's neighborhood is smack in the middle of change according to newly proposed Millard redistricting maps. The neighborhood is cut in half. Students who were attending Upchurch will be switched to Black Elk.

"It really splits them up and it makes it more difficult for them to maintain friendships, and it just creates a dividing line."

We asked 11-year-old Conner Donohue how important it is to him to make new friends and he told us, “really important because I will have more fun at school. If I am like, stuck, they help me and all that."

While the maps are not final and a vote is scheduled, the Donohues know the frustrations are growing with other Millard families.

Jennifer said, “I know a lot of people have moved into these neighborhoods with the expectations that their kids would go to certain schools."

The maps released Wednesday are part of a final proposal. The Board of Education will vote on the changes, December 16.

The district is offering some exceptions to the changes including a grandfather clause to allow all current 6th through 12th graders from 2014-2015 to stay on their current path.

All elementary students will be able to finish at current buildings until newly assigned a middle school and there’s a sibling rule to prevent families from splitting up children across the district.

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