School Committee to Decide New Lines for Elementary Schools

The committee will vote on the proposal at Wednesday evening's meeting.


With three elementary schools with room for additional students and the Oakdale Elementary School at capacity, the Dedham School Committee will consider Wednesday new district lines for incoming first graders for the upcoming school year.

All four elementary schools will be effected with students moving out of the district and into either , the new  or .

"We are trying to even out enrollments," said committee member Mayanne Briggs said.

The committee will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. at .

The changes will not effect any students currently enrolled in one of the elementary schools or any incoming first grader with a sibling enrolled in one of the elementary schools, Briggs said Tuesday.

"It's a gradual process," she said, estimating that less than 20 families will be effected for the upcoming school year.

"It is a rolling change. We are not taking students out of their current school and moving them," said Briggs, a member of the policy sub-committee.

As population shifts, the committee said its policy sub-committee will look at district lines every two years from now on. Briggs stressed that the shift in school district lines doesn't relate to the t.

The district and the Massachusetts School Building Authority agreed that the district would increase enrollment at the new Avery Elementary School.

"Some schools are extra full and others have dropping enrollments," Briggs said.

The policy sub-committee's proposed changes under consideration are attached as a PDF to this article.

Chris March 24, 2012 at 02:05 AM
I agree. It is about the process. Members of the school committee do volunteer their time but they are elected, not appointed officials. Their first obligation is to the tax-payers and students. Posting a proposal online is not sufficient public notice. Nor was the superintendent's carefully worded phone call designed to make people believe the zone changes would only affect 11 incoming first-graders. If this wasn't a dishonest maneuver then it's the result of incompetence or indifference. When asked to answer to the public, the SC and superintendent had no statistical evidence to support their proposal. Either they haven't done the research, haven't explored other options, or don't feel the public is entitled to this information.
Concerned Citizen March 26, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Great Steve, so let's just close the borders and not let anyone else in. Are you truly that close minded? This is "Dedham for you". A great place to live! But, if you're discontent, it's a buyers market out there!
steve March 27, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Concerned citizen I am entitled to my opinion I have lived in dedham for 30 years and the decisions that are made are getting worse and worse. They are making decisions without talking to the taxpayers first that's a big deal to spring up 2 days before the meeting. We pay a crazy amount of taxes in this town including that school so if I didn't move from my old address and had been forced to have my child go to Avery instead of oakdale I would be a lot more angry and vocal.I don't think its fair to a person to buy in oakdale and then be forced to a different school . They didn't have to build so big shame on the town for poor planning but don't tell me I have to move schools keep the districts the same plain and simple
Dan O'Neil May 03, 2012 at 01:22 PM
The bottom line is the schools are over crowded and the old Avery was not fit for having a school there. Why are some of you living in the 60's still? To some of you everyone from East Dedham is white trash or poor or a loser or a minority or a thug or some type of lowlife trouble maker. Some of you label us these things. I'm from East Dedham and I graduated college and I have a decent job making a decent living. Technically that school is in Oakdale. Realistically the kids go to school for 5 years at the elementary level and in MS and HS they all get put together for a longer legnth of time anyways. Get over yourselves. It makes a nice town lousy when you have stuff like this going on. That school is brand new and you should be honored your kids get to go there instead of all the negativity spewed here.
Joseph July 17, 2012 at 04:22 PM
I must be poor or white trash if I live in East Dedham? Anyone want to come over for a weekend to my palace? Believe me you won't want to leave.


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