Marshfield: Committee delivers additional proposals for elementary school redistricting

Members of the Marshfield Redistricting Committee met with the town’s school committee Tuesday night, to go over new proposed options to redistrict the town’s elementary schools.

The redistricting committee already has two proposals on the table and is adding two additional proposals, that they say doesn’t achieve quite as many goals as the first two, but impacts less students and families.

School Committee Chair and Redistricting Committee Co-Chair Marti Morrison said, “The newer options don’t meet as many of the desired outcomes, but more students stay in their current home school. So that will be the major impact that the school committee will need to now deliberate on, as to whether we do less and affect fewer people, or do why try to fix more problems, with the understanding that it impacts more students and families.”

Morrison said she’s hopeful the issue can be resolved soon by the school committee, since it’s affecting the town’s kindergarten lottery.

“We have held off our kindergarten lottery, because we don’t know where the students are going to be going to kindergarten. So parents are very anxious to find out for their kindergarteners whether they need to seek outside private kindergarten, versus being able to stay in Marshfield for September and that’s pretty significant for working families.”

Morrison said she’s hopeful the school committee can come to a vote on elementary school redistricting in the next few weeks.

About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.