Chester Middle zoning issues

By Evrod Cassimy – bio | email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Chester Middle School is making news again as parents are concerned about boundary changes that could separate students. At Monday night's school board meeting several parents and their children spoke out against the issue.

"Almost every single person who I've talked to in my class has not wanted to go back to Chester again next year," said student, Matthew Bartilotti.

The plan is to split Chester Middle School students between Davis and Carver bringing both middle schools closer to capacity while relieving the overcrowding at Thomas Dale High School. The deciding factor as to who goes where is these railroad tracks. If you live to the east you go to Davis and if you live to the west you must go to Carver.

"My daughter's had 3 school zone changes now in 4 ½ years," said parent, Terri Moody. "I'd like to see her be able to make some friends and stay with them."

Unfortunately Monday night's meeting only saw about 3 public speakers compared to the nearly one hundred who attended previous Chester Middle hearings. Parents however are staying optimistic.

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