Citing an inequitable socioeconomic balance and the unnecessary splitting of neighborhoods, several parents voiced their concerns regarding the Camas School District’s proposed boundary changes at a meeting last night.
“Really, what we want for our district is to have everyone be treated fairly,” said Emily Gillespie, a Helen Baller parent. “My children attend the fourth closest school to our house. All the surrounding neighbors attend other schools. Our neighborhood is being used to socioeconomically balance Baller. There’s a bus that goes by my house that drops kids off at Grass Valley.”
Parent Michelle Wagner spoke at the meeting and also wrote a letter to the editor of the Post-Record. In it, she stated that she was concerned about the lack of socioeconomic balance at the schools.
“Instead of working to secure the success of the Woodburn Elementary School and its student body, it appears that the Citizen’s Advisory Committee is creating a more unbalanced socioeconomic student body than Camas has ever experienced. I do not feel that they achieve a balance with other district schools, when the free/reduced average is 18.7 percent (overall), yet Woodburn is at 32.1 percent.”
Jennifer Robertson voiced similar concerns.
“We moved here from Vancouver three years ago because the schools are fabulous,” she said. “I’m concerned that my children will be attending Woodburn, which has a higher rate of free and reduced lunch. I think everyone is benefitted by socioeconomic balance, and I have high hopes that the board will listen to what I and others have to say.”