"One thing about this school board is they've always tried to reach out and give options," says Rogers parent David Walsworth.
That seems to be exactly what the Rogers School District decided to do Tuesday night.
"The school board voted to take the committee recommendation, and extend what we call 'grandfathering' down to our 6th graders," says Mark Sparks of the Rogers School Board.
"So, all of our students that our presently in secondary schools are going to be allowed to continue their education in their feeder pattern, as it exists."
The decision comes after more than four months of figuring out how to funnel students into a new elementary school that's expected to open next fall.
"When we build another school we have to have boundaries and we have to put students in it," Sparks says.
This amendment from the original proposal allows nearly 200 more students to take advantage of grandfathering, as long as parents provide transportation; keeping them in the same schools they've become used to.
"I think the board worked really hard on this," Walsworth says.
Walsworth has an 8th grader and an 11th grader, and he thinks the board did the best they could to balance enrollment across an ever-growing district.
"With the options of grandfathering in, and the options of providing transportation if they're staying in the route their going right now, I don't think you can be anymore fair than that," Walsworth says.
"We tried to be very, very transparent," Sparks says.
"That means some changes for some families, the board listened, I think that we did the best we could to accommodate as many of our patrons as possible."
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