A group of John Adams Middle parents are currently raising money to help fund an addition to the building and to eliminate the use of portable outdoor classrooms, while others are targeting the feeder schools because George Washington High "is bursting at the seams."
Overbrook Elementary has already begun making room for students by moving the computer lab into the library and transferring a special education class to a vacant room at nearby Holz.
But parents at Thursday's meeting feared that redistricting would only create a domino effect and move the problem of overcrowding to a different area.
Elizabeth Pellegrin, PTO president at Holz Elementary, told board members that her school supports the new policy proposal but asked for a study of the facility plan in the South Hills district, saying, "There's a bigger picture here.
"The fact is our schools were not built to handle an ever-growing system. You're attempting to retrofit not only technology in these spaces, but [more students.] Even with the addition of portables, our facilities are not meeting the current needs," she said. "With recent events of gun violence, I imagine portables may not be acceptable in the future.
"The addition at John Adams only addresses portables -- not the growth in the Corridor G area," she said.
Susan Stewart, an Overbrook Elementary parent, said the increased enrollment is "just a blip" and worried that if schools are redistricted, her school's PTO won't be able to raise as much money for special programs because of the loss of contributing parents.
"When you pull out the students that you plan to pull out, they are residents who own homes, and you leave Overbrook with a large population of transient housing. These families are integral to Overbook," she said. "They support the funding. We potentially may not have the money to provide the things that we now provide as a school and as parents for our children."
Eugenie Taylor, an Overbrook parent, referred to redistricting as "The R-word," and asked the board to take a look at the system as a whole.
"We don't want a policy based on exceptions and not the rules. All of the numbers and speculations are really soft to us [and] they don't convey confidence the proposed solutions will really take care of all of our schools," she said. "We might end up having other parents who have overages because of this, and it's not good for the system at large.
"Don't use a saw to do the job when you could use a small knife," she said.
The school board will meet again at 4 p.m. on March 4.
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