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Parents protest moving 16 students in District 304

Published: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 6:44 a.m. CDT
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(Brenda Schory – bschory@shawmedia.com)
Kelli Trejo, a Batavia Highlands parent, protests at the Geneva District 304 school board meeting Monday. Trejo and other parents stood holding signs to protest a recommendation that 16 children from their subdivision, who attend Williamsburg, be moved to Western Avenue. The board is scheduled to vote on the recommendation April 22.

GENEVA – Half a dozen parents of Williamsburg students held signs up during the Geneva School District 304 meeting Monday, while others addressed the board, protesting a recommendation to move 16 students to Western Avenue.

The parents live in Batavia Highlands, a subdivision in the city of Batavia but a part of District 304. Batavia Highlands is near East Fabyan Parkway and Route 25 on Batavia’s northern edge.

A task force recently recommended a boundary change that would move 16 Batavia Highlands students to Western Avenue in an effort to save money on transportation costs.

The parents blocked a similar proposed boundary change five years ago.

“We feel it’s personal,” said Heather Anderson, who has a kindergartner and second-grader at Williamsburg. “My 8-year-old goes to bed crying every night. ... Somebody has to give some answers. ... Is it personal because we live in Batavia?”

Michelle Burgwaldt, also a Batavia Highlands parent, challenged the recommendation.

“Nine are the youngest children in the family,” Burgwaldt said. “You can’t tell me there is savings.”

Burgwaldt also complained that despite sending several letters to the board, she had not received any responses.

Board President Mark Grosso said he had just sent an email reply. Burgwaldt said she did not see it when she checked before the meeting, but she would look again.

Kelli Trajo brought her daughter, Kya, who attends third grade at Williamsburg.

“Kya loves everything about Williamsburg,” Trajo said. “We have written a number of letters – all of us together – we have not yet received a response yet, not even a confirmation of receipt.”

It’s like we are not being heard, like our feelings mean nothing. We deserve to know. Kya deserves to know.”

“The subject of boundary adjustment will be taken up by the board at the April 22 meeting,” Grosso said. “At that time, we will discuss the boundary task force’s recommendation and get some additional public comment on that and take action.”

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