Some Tommy Smith Elementary School faculty and parents expressed concerns to the Bay District School Board about the proposed rezoning. The District held a public workshop earlier Thursday evening.
Originally one of the options discussed was closing the elementary portion of the Dean Bozeman School in order to help some undercapacity schools in the area.
Husfelt took this option out of the mix and just proposed a rezoning of the area. Among the suggested zones, Tommy Smith two lose some students. Parents and faculty at the meeting were concerned that the school would lose money, and since the area had been rezoned for the opening of Deerpoint, some students would be zoned for their third elementary school .
"With of course less students, you have less money," says Lynn Stryker, principal of Tommy Smith. "And when you have less money, then you begin pulling resources from teachers. You talk about less teaching units. Those are the things that happen as a result," says Stryker.
Husfelt says students will still be able to go to their current schools. "These parents will still be able to still school choice. No one will be force to move to a new school that they didn't want to, but then their parents will still have to provide transportation."
Following the public workshop, the School Board voted to advertise the proposed rezoning maps.