A new re-districting plan for Rockingham county schools has been a hot topic among parents and teachers. In Thursday night's public hearing, they got the chance to express to the county school board why they are against the plan.
The concerns ranged from children having to make new friends to how the moves would affect the parents' wallets
"He really wants to be able to ride to school with his brother and be with his friends," says one mother, who was in tears.
"It's 4.3 miles from my house to Lacy Spring Elementary School. It's 11.3 miles to Cub Run," says a father explaining how the redistricting plan will mean a longer commute to and from school for his child.
The goal of the redistricting plan is to populate two new elementary schools and a new high school with students already attending schools in Rockingham county. However, some parents say the plan is not only inconvenient, it could be costly.
"The children are pretty disappointed about having to change schools and I know from a parent's standpoint, it's going to impose some very inconvenient, and somewhat expensive travel expenses," says another concerned father.
The school board has completed three public hearings, though a decision will not be made until after the last public hearing next month.
"We have one more meeting to go on February 12. Then our board will go to crunching, and listen and pay attention to each of the concerns and suggestions, whether it's geography, or bus routes, or turn around locations, and work to make the best plan," says Dr. Carol Fenn, Rockingham County Schools Superintendent.