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Parents argue against changes
Proposals concerning rezoning and magnet schools have many families alarmed.
By TOM MARSHALL, Times Staff Writer
Published August 16, 2007
BROOKSVILLE - They had a short agenda.
But members of the Hernando County School Board barely got to their work Tuesday night, after dozens of families filled the board room to complain about proposed changes to magnet school admissions policies or school zones.
Some said they had come to oppose a suggestion that Challenger K-8 School of Science and Mathematics be rezoned for neighborhood children in the fall of 2008, or perhaps have its program moved to another location.
"Please don't make it a neighborhood school," said parent Debbie Bland. "It's a great magnet school and we just love it."
Others came to plead for reconsideration of a board decision to eliminate a sibling preference in magnet admissions.
"If I knew that my children could potentially have split up, I most likely would not have made the decision to send my older child to Challenger," said one parent. "And I don't want to pull her out now."
Some board members expressed sympathy for that view, and both Chairman Pat Fagan and Sandra Nicholson said they might consider "grandfathering" children with siblings enrolled at a magnet.
But no decisions will be made until the board holds at least one more workshop on the issues.