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Davenport Parents Upset Over School District's Harrison Boundary Plan


After months of work the Davenport school district is about a month away from taking final decisions on new school boundaries.

The decisions have angered many parents, and those in the Harrison elementary boundary made their voices heard Wednesday night.

They're upset the district is peeling one neighborhood away to reduce Harrison's population.

Under the district's latest plan, children in the northwest corner of the Harrison boundary will get moved to Fillmore.

Bringing Harrison's school population down by sending them to Fillmore, but the parents say their kids can walk to school now, if they go to Fillmore they will need to be bussed.

Their demand to the district, move the boundary somewhere else.

"I leave early about 8:30, 8:45 in the morning, all these kids are walking to Harrison you're proposing to bus them somewhere else, that makes no sense."

Parents in this corner of Davenport all share similar stories. Building a home, buying one, building their neighborhood to take advantage of Harrison elementary. Now, they feel the district is taking it away.

"I can't imagine why you would take a neighborhood that is within walking distance of Harrison to another school, two of my children have commented that they could see the water tower from the classroom, thus making the connection that our home is on the other side."

Superintendent Art Tate explained the logic behind his plans. Harrison is 99 percent full, Fillmore only 73 percent. He chose this neighborhood because the district has to maintain a balance of low income and under-performing students in each school. He asked if they would accept extra space, "How many of you would want to have portables on the harrison property in order to have more room?"

"I don't think that would matter," answered on father.

Parents take issue with the district's decision to include current undeveloped land in the Fillmore district. Questioning what happens when homes are built. The district says it can add on to Fillmore's building.

"We didn't move to our area to go to Fillmore, we moved there to go to Harrison."

"My home is point seven miles away from Harrison, while it is two point eight miles way from Fillmore, triple the distance."

The district says it must do something, but parents say it should do something else.

"Moved from Davenport to South Dakota, six months ago, we moved back to the area in northwest Davenport for the sole purpose of putting our children in Harrison elementary."

The school board is expected to have a final boundary recommendation in front of it at its May 28th meeting.

That could change, as feedback gathered Wednesday gets back to the board members.

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