MANCHESTER — The first steps toward a long-term redistricting plan will be taken next fall, after school board members voted to approve a “phase one” school feeder plan Wednesday night.
Members of the Board of School Committee debated multiple redistricting options at City Hall, after members of the Special Committee on Redistricting voted last week to send them three proposals — one from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bolgen Vargas; a school feeder pattern proposed by At-Large school board member Rich Girard; and a new option suggested for the first time last week by Vargas that all Beech Street School students attend McLaughlin Middle School.
Under the Vargas proposal approved by the school board:
• Students at Parker Varney, Northwest and Gossler schools will go to Middle School at Parkside and then Manchester High School West;
• Students at Smyth, Webster, McDonough and Wilson will attend Hillside Middle School and go on to Manchester High School Central;
• Hallsville, Jewett, Highland Goffe’s Falls and Bakersville students will go to Southside Middle School and then on to Manchester Memorial High School;
• Green Acres and Weston students will attend McLaughlin Middle School and Memorial High School;
• Beech Street Elementary School students will split between McLaughlin and Southside middle schools equally, with all former Beech Street students eventually attending Central.
School board members voted 8-3 to approve the plan, with Sarah Ambrogi, Mary Georges, Leslie Want, Lisa Freeman, Dan Bergeron, Rich Girard, Art Beaudry and Katie Desrochers in favor. Opposed were…
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