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Wicomico Superintendent Says Timing Not Right to Redistrict

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SALISBURY, Md.– Wicomico County schools were in session Thursday afternoon. Some parents were breathing a sigh of relief when, less than 24 hours ago, there were serious talks about redistricting for next school year.

However, on Wednesday evening, the Wicomico County Board of Education announced it would put those plans on hold. Dr. John Fredericksen, Superintendent of Schools for Wicomico County, said new ideas and feedback from families made them realize there wouldn't be enough time to plan and put into place a fair redistricting.

"Families have to change things in terms of their job, work hours,” Dr. Fredericksen said. “They have to change things in terms of who's hauling the kids to school. They have to deal with a lot of changes in their lives and we want to make sure they've got plenty of time to do that.”

Despite the decision to hold off on redistricting for the start of the 2015 school year, Fredericksen said changes need to happen at some point.

“We've got schools that are twenty-five percent over-capacity and we've got schools that are twenty-five percent under-capacity so they're not being utilized properly. Any time you go over or under excessively, it degrades the quality of educational services you can provide for the child.”

One of the ideas he heard from a parent was to make the transition a slow one for students who need to change schools. Designing a plan that would shift students as they aged into the new grades.

When asked if redistricting will happen by the start of the 2016 school year, Fredericksen said he did not know at this time. Whenever it does happen, he says it is important for everyone to find the right solution and also have enough time to plan for the changes. He wants to make sure families have at least six-months notice.

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