Parents React to Wicomico School Board's Postponed Redistricting Plans
DELMAR, Del.- Parents from the Delmar School District met Wednesday night to discuss organizing a task force to work with Wicomico County Public Schools after the school board announced it is postponing redistricting plans.
One hour before the 6 p.m. meeting at the Delmar Volunteer Fire Department, the school board announced that it would delay any redistricting plans for the 2015-2016 school year, which came as an unexpected surprise to many of the parents.
"Ecstatic! Ecstatic," said Susan Teter of Delmar, Md., whose children attend Delmar High School.
"I'm thrilled that we at least have one more year," said Lisa Paredes with excitement after learning her children will be remain at Delmar Middle School for the rest of the year.
"To know that we're able to send our kids to the school that we chose and that we're not having it taken from us is exciting," said Michael Wilson who, along with his wife Kennedy, have been active in the vocal opposition to the board's now-tabled plans.
"It's just the way the community comes together. It's prevalent here tonight," Wilson continued referencing the crowd of at least 70 parents, teachers, school board personnel and community members who filled the conference hall.
Another parent, Ernie Dennison, said that while relieved with the board's second thoughts, he was still upset at the notion that his calculated move specifically into the Delmar School District was threatened by the school board without much thought as to who and how many families would be affected.
"I think they're scared because they don't know what they stuck their foot into," Dennison, of Delmar, Del., said. "They better rethink what they're doing. Delmar's a great school district, that's why we live in Delmar. If we had a chance to move -- we could've moved anywhere we wanted to -- we picked Delmar because of the school district. And I'll be darned if my kids go to Wicomico High."
But it is just a temporary sigh of relief, as many parents at the meeting said their fervent opposition only tabled the redistricting plans for now and it's likely to come up again in the near future.
"There still needs to be a plan to keep Delmar together," Teter said.
"Something has to be done for the kids for the next year and the year after that," Paredes said.
So instead of celebrating at Wednesday night's meeting, the community stayed on course, discussing organization of a task force that will work with the board on how to balance enrollment when the redistricting matter is revived once again.