North Allegheny redistricting plans continue to draw opposition

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The North Allegheny’s School District’s fourth redistricting scenario, which was formed in response to opposition from parents, is also drawing opposition.

Approximately 80 residents attended Wednesday’s school board meeting, most wearing stickers telling board members to “vote NO” on the plan next month.

More than 20 people spoke in opposition to the plan, including three students. Most of the speakers live in neighborhoods that were not affected by any of the three previous redistricting proposals, and said they were caught off-guard when the current plan was presented to the board last week.

Redistricting is being considered to balance enrollment and to ease overcrowding at Franklin Elementary and Ingomar Middle schools. But the scenario now on the table moves fewer than 200 students.

“I understand the need,” said Jonathan Bentrim. “But the number of people affected here isn't enough to accomplish the goal.”

Other speakers said the small number would cause the children to be isolated in their new schools, especially those moving to Marshall Middle School instead of Ingomar.

“Isn’t taking us away from our friends taking away some of our confidence?” asked Katie Oates, a fifth-grader at Franklin. “Be the voice of the 10 percent of students who … do not want to leave their confidence at the front door of Franklin Elementary.”

Sandy Trozzo, freelance writer:

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