By: Melina Matthes
OMAHA (KPTM) - Millard is rapidly growing and the school district says it's considering changing the boundary lines to evenly distribute kids throughout all the schools.
Parents and students had the chance Wednesday night to share their thoughts on the proposal. It's the last meeting before the board makes its decision.
School board members tell me they tried to keep neighborhoods intact and boundaries set for the future, but they say at the high school level, some of the schools have a problem with overcrowding. One example of that, they say is Millard West.
Students say they the thought of possibly having to change schools is giving them mixed emotions. "I don't like it," Russell middle school 6th grader, Aaron Jacobs said.
"I guess it would be okay if I go to a different school, I just kind of want to stay with all my teachers and all my friends here," said Alyssa Bizzarri, another 6th grader at Russell middle school.
Parents say it could be a nightmare. "I know if she had to move we would have tears," said Alyssa's mother, Angela.
Several middle school students said they're concerned with their future. They worry they may not end up at the same high school as their friends. "You can be moved away from your friends and you've been looking forward to playing a sport in high school and you can't play at that high school you want to," Jacobs said.
But several families have been fortunate. Angela Bizzarri said her daughter was lucky. "It sounds like we're going to get to stay put which is exciting for her."
"A few people texted me and was like oh they're going to change the new school boundaries so I may come to your school and I'm like that's going to be great because then I get to see you all the time now," Alyssa said.
And others say the chance to attend any school in the district is a blessing. "Millard is...I've been here all my life and I just think it's an outstanding place for an education," parent Stacey Cody said.
If you missed Wednesday night's meeting and you still want to share your thoughts the school board says you can contact them by e–mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 402-715-8200.
Board members say they will review all the comments and concerns from parents and students. Then they will discuss the proposal at the November 18th meeting. They hope to make their final decision on December 2nd.
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