SV Parents Not Happy WIth Elementary School Merge

By James Gaddis

July 22, 2010 Updated Jul 20, 2006 at 11:58 PM EDT

Earlier this year, The Susquehanna Valley School District closed Cedarhurst Elementary School.

Its 300 former students will now head to either Donnelly or Brookside Elementary Schools in September.

Parents in the district were recently informed of which school their child would be attending.

Many of them didn't like the news, and told the school board tonight.

They say children and their communities are being separated.

And some kids will have to take much longer and unnecessary bus trips.

"On my street they did one house Brookside, the next two Donnelly. One house Brookside, the next two Donnelly. So there's really no rhyme or reason as to how they even did it," says Debbie Tucci of the Town of Binghamton.

The district says it used a special computer program to decide which school the kids would attend.

It aimed to keep class sizes at a 20-23 student maximum, and made sure siblings weren't split up.

The district says it tried to keep students time on the bus at a minimum.

And took into account cost effectiveness.

The board says the plan could be looked at, and possibly changed.

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