Batavia Wants Study of Boundary Options

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Byline: Mark Foster Daily Herald Correspondent

Batavia school board members Tuesday seemed to accept, albeit reluctantly, that they will need to make some changes in the district's elementary school attendance boundaries.

However, they also made clear that they want the district staff to conduct a study to determine where elementary school boundary lines should be drawn on a long-term basis.

The board is expected to vote March 18 on a plan that would move some students from McWayne Elementary School to Gustafson Elementary School and some students from White Elementary School to Nelson Elementary School.

"This will buy us time for a facilities study," said school board President Ron Link, who has expressed strong reservations about the administration's plan to make the changes.

Al McCloud, the district's assistant superintendent for elementary education, said the plan will make the best use of the available space in the district's six elementary schools.

"We are not in a situation where we have too many classrooms," McCloud said. …