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New Britain BOE approves neighborhood schools plan

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NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -

The New Britain Board of Education approved a motion that will keep students in schools close to their homes and save the city thousands of dollars.

In the proposed Neighborhood Schools plan, more than 2,500 students in grades kindergarten to eighth would no longer be bused out of their neighborhoods to get an education.

On Monday, all but one member of the board of education voted in favor of one version of the plan with students going into fifth and eighth grade being grandfathered in for the next year. 

However, their parents will have to provide transportation.

By passing the motion, the city will be able to stop using six to eight buses and save taxpayers about $80,000 per bus.

The plan will be flushed out in the coming months.

A walk-a-bility study will also be done to take a look at such items as sidewalks and safety for children, who will be walking in the next school year.

The decision was supposed to be made at a March 4 meeting; however, so many parents and residents wanted to comment on the topic that it caused the vote to be delayed.

Some parents told Eyewitness News their kids get a better education in schools outside of their area.

However, others told Eyewitness News community schools are part of a strong community.

School officials told Eyewitness News the achievement gap is too big between students who are bused and those who aren't.

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