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Parents furious over potential school redistricting in Middletown

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Parents listen to potential redistricting plans in Middletown Monday night. (WFSB photo) Parents listen to potential redistricting plans in Middletown Monday night. (WFSB photo)

Overcrowded classrooms in Middletown could force some students to switch schools, a possibility some parents said has made them furious.

The redistricting plan generating the most heat would move 60 students from the Farm Hill School to three other local elementary schools.

Most of the parents who attended a meeting about it on Monday night said they were dead-set against the plan. They said they’re hoping the Board of Education listens.

When Stephen Hemenway met with Santa this year, he could honestly say he’s been a great kid. At least, that’s what his mom told Eyewitness News.

"He's a very outgoing energetic spirited child,” said Amy Hemenway, Stephen’s mother. “He just has a zest and love for life.”

Amy Hemenway credits part of her son’s happy-go-lucky spirit with how much he loves going to the Farm Hill School. Just the other day she said the first grader was honored as the student of the month.

"He's made many friends and he's excelling academically,” she said. “He's doing really well at Farm Hill."

Monday night, Amy Hemenway attended the redistricting meeting. She said the proposal would end Stephen’s tenure at the school he loves.

"How would that impact him socially and emotionally?” she asked.

Middletown superintendent Patricia Charles said she understood that parents don’t want to move their children, but the jam-packed classrooms are threatening to impact educational quality throughout the district.

"We do have an overcrowding situation at Farm [Hill] School and we're just trying to find the best way to address that,” she said.

The board has three options, according to officials. It can rezone the entire school district, which would impact hundreds of children. It can move 60 to 70 students at one school. Finally, it can do nothing now and plan to open a charter school.

"There's lots of things that impact education because they’re so overcrowded,” Charles said.

The superintendent had not made a recommendation either way as of Monday night. She said the board would have to make the decision.

"I'm absolutely going to be nervous because I do not wish to move my son," Amy Hemenway said.

A special committee on redistricting will meet and make a recommendation. Then, the Board of Education will make the final call.

School officials said no matter what they decide, parents and students are bound to be unhappy about it.

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