SEAFORD, Del.- The Seaford School District Board of Education this week voted to create new attendance zones for its district elementary schools. The new attendance zones will pair kindergarten through second grade and third through fifth grades in two attendance zones in Seaford and Blades.
According to the new zoning configuration, students living in the Northwestern part of the district will attend West Seaford Elementary (K-2) and Central Elementary (3-5). Students living in the southeastern part of the district will attend Blades Elementary (K-2) and Frederick Douglass Elementary (3-5).
Duncan Smith, Seaford school district spokesperson said, the new zones and boundary configurations are being implemented to improve student services in areas like student to teacher ratio and balancing the number of veteran and expert teachers in the elementary schools.
Most parents are not opposed to having better service for students, but want to be the ones making that decision for their child.
"I personally would like my kids to stay at the school they're already at, because they already have a good rapport there," Caitlin Morris said. Morris said having the option of "School Choice" is important.
Smith said "School Choice" will still be an available option for parents in accordance with state policy.
Kenyondra Jones, who has two children in elementary school in Seaford, said she thinks breaking up the grades will give students better learning opportunities.
"I think that would be a good idea because that would give the kids a chance to experience different schools and different teachers. It may be a little out of their comfort zone, but further down the line I think it would be a great idea," Jones said.
Smith said the new attendance zones will go into effect in the 2016-2017 school year. Smith said parents will receive official notification of their child's assigned school, and it will be based on their physical address on file with the school district.