It has come to my attention that over the last couple of days several rumors have started to circulate in the community regarding Wemrock Brook School and the possibility of redistricting in the future. Let me state this clearly: the Board of Education has not made any decisions regarding redistricting at this time. What has been decided is the following:
1. After the first grade registration period ended in March, it was determined that Wemrock Brook School would require one additional classroom to service the over 700 students in the building. Since there were no classrooms available, a self-contained special education class had to be moved. There are no other classrooms available in the building.
2. Since Wemrock Brook School already has the largest class size for first grade in the district and there are no other available rooms in the building, I determined on April 1st that any new first grade registrations from the Meadow Creek area would go to Taylor Mills School for the 2013-2014 academic year, and that the only exceptions to this rule would be for newly-registering first grade children from Meadow Creek whose older siblings already attend the Wemrock Brook School.
3. As of 9:00 AM this morning (May 8, 2013) there have not been any new first grade registrations from the Meadow Creek area. Therefore, no child has yet been impacted by this rule.
4. In September 2013, after the school year has started, I will present information to the Board of Education on the large student population at Wemrock Brook School and possible solutions for the future. This discussion will be open to the public and all members of the school community will be made aware of the time and location of the discussion. The placement of children who were relocated to Taylor Mills School for the 2013-2014 academic year will be part of the discussion. If space is available in Wemrock Brook School for the 2014-2015 academic, they will have the option of going to Wemrock Brook or staying at Taylor Mills School.
5. The Meadow Creek area was selected because over the last two years the largest number of new registrations has come from that community. The possibility exists that a large number of new students from the Meadow Creek area will register over the summer, and we need to have a plan in place that will allow those students to have a smooth enrollment to our schools.
I hope this clarifies any misunderstanding or confusion you might have had regarding this issue. I apologize for the appearance of the lack of transparency. It was my intent that anyone impacted by this decision would know all the accurate information at the time they registered their child. I underestimated how quickly misinformation travels in our connected world. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact my office.
John J. Marciante Jr. Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools