Board makes revisions to school redistricting plan

By: Nick D’Amore
   Some students in Brunswick Acres, Cambridge and Indian Fields schools can expect to stay in their current schools next year, rather than moving to the new Brooks Crossing School in the fall.
   The Board of Education was forced Monday to keep 90 students in their current elementary schools because of expected crowding at Brooks Crossing, which will open in September.
   The board decided that 24 students from the Brookside Mobile Home Park and Blackhorse Lane/Deans Apartments will remain at Brunswick Acres School next school year. It also decided that 36 students from Whispering Woods will remain in Cambridge School and that 30 Indian Fields School students from East Garden Way Apartments will stay put as well.
   Superintendent Sam Stewart said keeping those students at their current schools will not pose much of a problem at the schools.
   "It’s manageable. We’re still growing and the schools are still tight. We took in 88 more kids than we expected," he said.
   Redistricting became necessary as part of a $46.99 million referendum that created Brooks Crossing School and changed elementary schools from K-4 to K-5.
   A Redistricting Committee was set up to make sure average class sizes were kept at 23 students per class and that each school complied with the Office of Equal Educational Opportunity.