Redistricting Port Washington's elementary schools will have an impact on the Port Washington Community second only to school taxes. Ultimately, it is the board of education's responsibility to authorize the redistricting plan. However, in formulating the plan the community must be heard in a substantive and meaningful manner.
Realigning the schools' catchment areas will allow schools to serve neighborhoods, even though the opportunity for all students to attend their neighborhood school is limited by the physical locations of the schools. In addition, there remains the important issues of equity, equality and diversity. Also, each of the current elementary schools, as well as Salem, has a natural constituency and the parents should be heard. Finally, there are important transportation issues that must be addressed by both the community and the board.
Significant and meaningful community impact into redistricting will work to minimize the angst and trauma of redistricting and I urge the board to make it happen - not just provide lip service. Once the information from the planned community forums is gathered, I urge the board to charge a task force, made of representatives of the administration, parents and the board, with making redistricting recommendations. Let us not play political opportunism with the process.