York city schools plan to redistrict

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As one school prepares to close its doors for good, another will be reopening as part of a new redistricting plan for the York City School District.

Changes will be discussed at a town hall meeting Thursday and parents should expect to receive letters in the mail about the new boundaries.

According to New Hope Academy’s school website, the last day of school for students is June 10th.

After that the school will close its doors for good and students will move on to a different school.

The fight to keep New Hope open spanned two years.

It’s over after Judge James Colins denied the school’s charter in April for failure to meet state academic performance requirements.

The charter school opened in 2007 and students say it gave them hope after other schools put them on the wrong path.

“And when I went to New Hope, I found out the first two or three months that it was a completely different environment,” says student, Jermari Murphy.

New Hope’s closing sparked another discussion by the York City School District – redistricting.

School board members approved a plan to redistrict last week to shift school boundaries.

The plan reopens the Hannah Penn Middle School which closed in 2012.

It will serve as a K-8 school for the 2014-2015 school year.

Not only does the plan make room for students coming from New Hope, but board members say it balances out the number of kids attending schools in the western part of the city.

“Students and parents are fatigued with any changes that are occurring. Especially in the west end with New Hope closing there is a certain level of fatigue but what we have here is the main concern of class sizes being addressed,” says York City School Board Member, James Sawor.

The district says it worked to split the boundaries as evenly as possible.

York City School District Superintendent says he wants to assign students affected by the change a mentor to go to, to and talk about their concerns.

Plans will be sent home to parents after a town hall meeting in York.

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