Revisions to Redistricting Plan Draw Ire of Parents

WILMINGTON - New revisions have spurred fresh concerns over New Hanover County's elementary school redistricting plan.

Monday night, a room full of parents showed the school board exactly how they felt, standing together to voice their opinions.

The proposal calls for some children near Wrightsville Beach Elementary School to be bused to College Park Elementary, while some students from Forest Hills Elementary would have to walk across Market Street to attend Snipes Elementary.

The original plan, approved in July, aimed to create greater diversity while limiting the number of children bused to distant schools.

The school board made the revisions to the plan with the same goals in mind, they said.

But parents said statistics can't determine what's best for their children.

"It's not just a line on a map or a number. It's actual people's lives and these children's lives, so what we're going to do is we're going to keep the pressure up. And they have between now and November to get their hearts right, or we'll find somebody who will," said Jason Thompson, a concerned parent.

School officials say the turnout Monday night's meeting may force them to take the plans back to the drawing board, but parents said they simply want their voices to be heard.

Reported by Nicole Ferguson