Parents Question USD 450 School Boundary Plan

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TECUMSEH, Kan. (WIBW) -- Parents of Shawnee Heights U.S.D. 450 sounded off Thursday night over a plan that would move their kids from Shawnee Heights Elementary School to Tecumseh North.

"We want the board to represent the parents of Shawnee Heights USD 450 as a whole," said Rebecca Brown, a concerned parent. "We want to feel like all the children are being heard and not just a group of children."

The proposal comes as the district looks to equalize school enrollments, a process they say they do every four or five years.

Gathered together at one of their homes, the parents said they believed Shawnee Heights Elementary was built to accommodate their cluster of homes in the Shawnee Meadows subdivision and that changing schools doesn't make sense.

"It's definitely obvious that the vast majority of public were not aware of what was going on and now that they are, they are not happy about the way things are being handled," Brown said.

Contacted about the meeting, Shawnee Heights Superintendent Marty Stessman, Ed.D. said he believes the realignment process has been "transparent and participatory."

"Elementary boundaries are a sensitive issue that may seem simple from a single perspective, but more complicated when examined from multiple perspectives" Stessman said.

Stessman says the board will take public input at their regular meeting on February 17th at 7:00 PM at Berryton Elementary School. He expects the district to make a decision at their March 3 meeting.