Marshfield: School Committee members weigh in on elementary school redistricting

The Marshfield School Committee met Tuesday night at the Martinson Elementary School, to discuss options for elementary school redistricting to reduce overcrowding at the South River School.

The discussion continued regarding controversial plans to possibly implement redistricting.

A few school committee members weighed in on their preferences for one of the four options being considered -options A, B, C and D.

School Committee member Nancy Currie said at this point, she considers option D to be the best alternative.

“I think over the long term option D solves more of the problems that were identified and I realize it’s a little bit more disruptive – it moves more kids. But, I think in the long term, it will be a solution that will carry us further down the road,” Currie said.

However, school committee member Carol Shrand disagrees and said that she prefers option C.

“Option C will move 79 kids from the South River School to the Governor Winslow School. It moves 24 from South River to Martinson and it moves a total of 103 students.

When you look at option D, you’re adding in to the 79 another 56 that will go from South River to Martinson and 43 will go from Ames Way to South River. So, you have a 75 additional students being moved. I don’t feel that the reasoning is compelling enough to move those kids,” Shrand explained.

School Committee Chair Marti Morrison also joined Nancy Currie in supporting option D.

The school committee is scheduled to vote on the issue in a few weeks.


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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.