county parents organize & get results

Brent Finnegan -- July 17th, 2006

Technically this is last week’s news, but…

As Martha Woodroof reported on WMRA last week, due to overcrowding at Peak View Elementary in Rockingham County’s eastern district, the school board had decided to split up the students: kindergarten thru second grade would attend the new school being built in Montevideo, and third through fifth grade students would stay at Peak View. According to school superintendant John Kidd, this was done to avoid redistricting the eastern region of the county.

The problem was that the parents were not part of that decision, and found out about it by reading the announcement in the DNR.

Dissatisfied with the solution, Peak View parents like Ruth Berger and Paula Polglase quickly organized and went door-to-door with a petition, wrote letters to the editor, and on Tuesday the 11th, the school board heard them out, voting to redistrict the region and build another K-5 school in Montevideo.

Kudos to the parents and teachers who organized so quickly and voiced their concerns to the board, and kudos to the school board for listening and changing their course of action accordingly. I would love to see more of this sort of dialogue in the Harrisonburg-Rockingham area.

2 Responses to “county parents organize & get results”

  1. Dada says:

    I’m not sure, but I think Montevideo might not be a town or an area. There’s a school called Montevideo Middle School, but I believe that the school is located in McGaheysville. It might have a Penn Laird address since the Penn Laird post office is so close.

  2. finnegan says:

    yeah, it’s going to be built near the middle school. you probably know more about it than i do if you live around there.

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