Some parents don't want Cosby High re-districted

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - In an effort to reduce over-crowding at Cosby High School, the Chesterfield County School Board is considering the possibility of re-districting nine neighborhoods.

Students there would attend Manchester High School along Bailey Bridge Road, which is currently below capacity.

Cosby High School is currently about 30 percent over its functional capacity.  It is the most over-crowded high school in the county.

A public discussion on the re-districting plan is set for Tuesday at Spring Run Elementary from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Parent Jessica Miller's heart races just thinking about the potential school switch.

"I don't know what they were thinking," said Miller.  Cosby High School opened five years ago.  In her eyes, the school system didn't adequately plan for growth.

Miller moved her family to the River Ridge community off of Beach Road about a year ago.  She said the only reason she purchased her home was because her children would attend Cosby.

Nine neighborhoods (Carters Mill, Carters Mill East, Deerwood, Laughridge, Physic Hill, Plantation Trace, River Ridge, Second Branch and Windsor Park ) along Beach Road would be affected.  If the re-districting plan is approved, students currently in 7th grade would be the first to be re-routed to Manchester High School during the 2012-2013 school year.

"I plan on going to the meeting tomorrow night and finding out what the justification is," said grandparent Jeanette Ortiz who lives in Deerwood.

School board members said it's a simple balancing act. Cosby has too many students and Manchester doesn't have enough.   The superintendent went on the record stating the switch is cost-effective and the least disruptive option.

"They don't seem to go from the same flow from elementary to middle to high school," said Ortiz.  "It's always they're the little group that's going some place different."

People in Deerwood said students swap high schools every few years. Ortiz remembered what it was like for her kids.   "When they went to high school first it was Clover Hill then it was Manchester and I think they've moved 2-3 times since then."

If things continue to flip-flop, Jessica Miller prays it works to her benefit.  "I'm hoping that things will switch back and we'll get Cosby."

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