Lower Merion redistricting plan

October 23, 2008 5:46:12 PM PDT
Officials in the Lower Merion School District presented the second phase of a redistricting plan during a public school board meeting this week. For some families, it's an improvement over the way things use to be, but others fear it will be a nightmare for them and their children. The plan is just a second step in an attempt by the Lower Merion School District to create a better balance between middle and high school enrollments, with the least amount of disruption to students and their families.

Most of the controversy has surrounded enrollment in the district's two high schools both of which have undergone extensive renovation Lower Merion High school and Harriton High in Bryn Mawr.

The proposal now calls for all Narberth students to attend Harriton High.

Dana Aoyama lives in Narberth; she has 4 boys.

The oldest, Julian, is a junior at Lower Merion High; under the plan, he'll be allowed to stay there.

His younger brother, Justin, an 8th grade soccer player at Welsh Valley Middle School was hoping to join him at Lower Merion, next year, with 6th grade brother, Jansen to follow, but with the revised redistricting plan, that won't happen.

Lower Merion communications director, Doug Young, says 70-percent of students live east of Lower Moreland High and 30-percent live west of the school.

Dana Aoyama says both Lower Merion and Harriton are topnotch schools, but she just wants to have the choice to keep her kids together.

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