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Overbrook: Redistricting On The Table

With the plug pulled on the plan to purchase portable classrooms, East Haven Public School administrators are considering redrawing the district lines for three of the town's elementary schools.

With the portable classroom project now scrapped, 's central office is now considering a plan that could lead to the redistricting of three of the town's elementary schools in order to alleviate overcrowding at l.

The schools currently under review by the administration are: Overbrook, Deer Run and .

Portables Scrapped

The town originally sought to create extra learning space at the crowded Gerrish Avenue school by to house its all-day kindergarten program.

The project was estimated to cost some $899,000. But town officials at that time said they expected the state to reimburse the bulk of the cost, leaving the town’s share at about $270,000.

The School Building Committee and the Board of Education had hoped to have the new classrooms ready for the start of the current school year — the first time the district's would be implemented — but that timetable was .

However, that plan was after s Adminstration came into office last November.

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And school building committee members reported at their May 15 meeting they had received a letter from Superintendent of Schools Anthony Serio informing them the plan for portables had officially been discontinued.

Redistricting on the Table

And so, instead of creating extra physical space at the school, Serio reported at the March 27 BOE meeting that his administration is now looking into the possibility of redistricting the lines for Overbrook, Deer Run and D.C. Moore.

Responding to a question from School Building Committee member Donna Richo during the regular meeting's public comment, Serio said he was working on a plan right now with the K-2 principals and the district's bus company regarding redistricting.

And "as soon as they come up with a strategy, they were going to have a meeting with the parents at Overbrook to unfold a plan," according to the meeting's minutes.

Serio did not return East Haven Patch's calls requesting comment for this story.

The superintendent added that there were "some complications with siblings in the 3-5 schools," but that "they were thinking of moving some of the students one year sooner for one year to alleviate the overcrowding at Overbrook," according to the minutes, which are posted in the gallery that accompanies this article.

It is unclear at this time if a proposed redistricting plan were to move forward, if it would be put in place for the upcoming 2012-12 school year.

Ginger DeMatteo June 04, 2012 at 04:35 PM
No, there are 284 students at the Academy. As I am the secretary there, (home sick today for those wondering why I am on the Patch), I do believe I know how many students are there. So, putting another 143, as you say, wrong again, students into the already overcrowded middle school would solve what exactly? I am not arguing that schools are overcrowded, which is why is was ridiculous to close Hayes and put Pathways there. The old high school should have been fixed to house many more students, including the Academy, which was quite happy there. As someone else posted, why fix something that isn't broken? The Academy has proven itself over and over to be a successful school. It's time to stop blaming the Academy for this districts problems. We need to fix what is broken, and that starts with the overcrowding. Closing schools and laying off teachers was a stupid move, and redistricting again won't cure that. (For the record, my own children attended Hayes, Carbone, JMMS and EHHS, not the Academy)
James June 05, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Not saying the portables were the best solution But IT was the only plan in place at the time . Now it seems no practical plan is even close to being implemented. The ones that can afford privet schools do not have to worry just move your kids to magnet schools and such, Too bad lower income family's don't have that option, Once again the students are the victims.
Robin Carlson June 05, 2012 at 11:09 AM
James, household income is not a consideration for the magnet school entrance lottery procedure.
James June 05, 2012 at 01:53 PM
We need to fix our schools NOW not five years from now so the wise politicians rushed in without a new better plan and stopped the only one to even come close to being in place for next year ONCE AGAIN A few lottery chosen students get to attend Magnet schools good for them. Those not chosen higher income family's must in the best interest of their children remove them from East Have public school system and place them in privet schools SO once again lower income family's and non lottery chosen are stuck with the choices made by the political party in charge
Chris Hooper October 10, 2012 at 02:51 PM
I had a teacher named David Carafeno that we all loved, who passed away suddenly many years ago. To this day it bothers me that no one told us what happened to him. Doers anyone know?

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