to concerns expressed by parents at the February 6 Facilities Committee meeting, the Pennridge School Board has asked
Superintendent Dr. Robert Kish to investigate adding trailers that would
serve as temporary classrooms to ease projected overcrowding at Deibler
Elementary School and Pennridge North Middle School.
The recommendation for redistricting has become necessary because of anticipated enrollment growth within those buildings, as per the recently received demographer's report, and the flow of population increase from the eastern portion of the district to the west.Over the course of three years, the recommended redistricting will result in a reduction of Deibler's enrollment by approximately 89 students, and a reduction of North's enrollment by approximately 56 students. The alternative to redistricting is an increase in class size, a reduction in the quality of music, art, and technology instruction, and a general overcrowding that is not conducive to a quality education.
"We understand that redistricting can cause apprehension among some students and parents," said Superintendent Dr. Robert Kish. "However, our experience has been that students are warmly welcomed into their new schools, and adjust rather quickly to their new surroundings."
With that in mind, the administration has taken the following measures to minimize the impact on students and their families:
"We've reviewed redistricting options keeping the best interests of our students in mind," said Dr. Kish. "It is important that a decision be made as soon as possible so we can make the necessary budget, staffing, and transportation adjustments."
Map of Proposed Reassignment to South Middle School from North Middle School
Map of Proposed Reassignment from Deibler Elementary School to Guth Elementary School (C)
Map of Proposed Reassignment from Deibler Elementary School to Guth Elementary School (D)