Shakopee School Board

The Shakopee School Board listens to public comments during its June 19 meeting.

Parents and students in the Shakopee School District can weigh in tonight on the preliminary drafts of the redrawn school attendance areas.

The district is hosting a public input session from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the West Junior High School auditorium. The Attendance Areas Task Force will present the preliminary plans for the attendance areas, and any changes made after the public provides input will be reflected in the scenario the task force presents publicly in late October. 

The change in attendance areas will go into effect for the 2018-19 school year, when Pearson Sixth Grade Center returns to an elementary school and the junior highs become middle schools serving sixth through eighth graders.

The Shakopee School Board plans to make a final decision on the attendance areas at the Nov. 13 board meeting.

Protest planned

A group of school district residents plans to draw attention to some of their own concerns before Thursday night's public session. A Facebook event titled "School Board Step Down" shows that a dozen or so people plan to picket outside the school as a way of asking board members to resign. Another 30 or so people have indicated they are interested in the event (a "maybe" in terms of RSVP).

Shakopee resident Kristine Robinson is the creator of the Facebook event. She believes the board has been negligent in the way it failed to recognize overspending, particularly in regards to former superintendent Rod Thompson.

"It's essential as a parent and taxpayer that I share with those in town unaware of what occurred," Robinson said. "The No. 1 goal is to remove the school board, or at least some so we can replace them with new candidates. If I have a dozen show (to picket) I will be satisfied."

Shakopee resident Jane Hochhalter is a member of the group calling for school board members to resign. She said resignations will allow the school district to start fresh.

"It's time to rebuild our school district and bring positive changes," she said. "I am hoping to see some resignations submitted ... so that a healing process could start faster by bringing in people with strong knowledge base, integrity and ethics."

The picketers are planning to gather in front of the West Junior High school building at 5:45 p.m.

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