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Wissahickon Elementary Redistricting Timeline, Committee Outlined

Elementary redistricting plan will be presented to the Wissahickon School Board on March 11.

At a special meeting on Tuesday, the Wissahickon School District outlined the elementary school redistricting timeline, according to a report in the Ambler Gazette. Redistricting needs to occur in the Wissahickon School District due to the closure of Mattison Avenue Elementary and the "shifts in attendance at the elementary level over the 10-year period since the district last realigned its boundaries."

A 14-person committee will "present a preliminary plan to the board March 11."

According to the Wissahickon School District website, the committee consists of School Board member, Barbara Moyer; Assistant Superintendent Christopher Marchese; Director of Elementary Teaching and Learning, Matthew Walsh, Director of Student Services, Kelle Heim; Blue Bell Elementary Principal Denise Fagan; Shady Grove Elementary Principal, Elizabeth Bauer; Mattison Avenue Elementary Principal Concetta Lupo; Lower Gwynedd Elementary Principal Nicole West; Stony Creek Elementary Principal, Gary Abbamont; and, according to a letter from Superintendent Judith Clark, the president representative from each of the elementary school's home and school association. Those parents include: Tara Graefe, Samantha Drossner, Kristen Fath, Michele Brooker Lee, and Brenda Doll.

There will be three public meetings for parents: March 18 at Mattison Avenue Elementary from 7 to 9 p.m., March 19 at Shady Grove from 10 a.m. until noon, and March 20 at Stony Creek Elementary from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. At the public meetings, parents are welcome to provide feedback on the redistricting plan. According to the Gazette's report, the meetings are "not school specific" and "parents are welcome to attend any or all three of them."

Parents can contact the school about the redistricting process at redistricting@wsdweb.org and Mattison Avenue Elementary parents can contact the district at mattisontransition@wsdweb.org. Information about the redistricting process can be found on the Wissahickon School District's redistricting page.

Ms. Foster February 12, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Hallelujah...finally someone else with sense!
Ms. Foster February 12, 2013 at 07:36 PM
Stop the Madness - you are not alone. I am in favor of redistricting. Our children will be fine. What really gets me is that everyone is fighting to keep the school open...what are you going to do when you child has to go to 4th grade? Are you going to argue that Mattison then be changed to a k-5 school...NO! Your child will be sent to another school in the district where they will have to make new friends, get used to a new school and teachers. What are all the parents going to do when they have to send their child to 4th grade? I would rather my child be in a K-5 school then have them have an issue with trying to get used to a new school, kids, teachers, etc. in 4th grade.
Ms. Foster February 12, 2013 at 07:48 PM
This is all just common sense....some people just lack it.
Anita Pieri February 12, 2013 at 10:28 PM
As my dear Mother used to say, "common sense is not that common".
andthatsthetruth February 14, 2013 at 05:08 AM
If you put the kids back into ALL the original schools from the original redistricting that created the 4th grade move NONE of this would be happening. Looking at it statistically & financially, it would be cheaper to get it right. Common sense should have been used years ago when they split the schools the way that they did & doing it again. NOT just with Mattison. I am truly surprised that the other parents ( from the elementary schools) haven't responded to any of this discussion ~ except probably most have pulled their children out of district to the "other taj mahal " down the road. &Ignore the BS. I attended WSD over 40 years ago they moved us around every 3 years. They shut down the K-6 Spring House School & had it condemned or so they said, built the original LG & sold SH to Gwynedd Mercy. HUH?Bldg Original still used. LG roof leaked & it still continues to. Conveniently now Admin Bldg. 2 Jr Highs - split the SD right down Morris Road. Never did any repairs at Ambler Jr High, had that condemned & built the MS that they say isn't right - although there are plaque awards on the walls that indicates that PA approved the updated learning facility as future friendly. Common Sense? It's research ladies! My statement is Anita, " They got book sense & no common sense. " The reality of this whole situation is that in your own homes you are dealing with what you have - making the best, they don't need to be adding more debt. There's no $ saved with this agenda.

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