Low class size, Mastrocola told the members, continues to be “one of the jewels of our system.”
For his part, Hochman raised the possibility that the distribution of choice students is masking an imbalance in how children are distributed among the city’s elementary schools. By continuing choice, he said, “We’re never going to get redistricting.”
“I do agree,” said Rossignol, “redistricting is something we need to look at.”
Member Dave McGeney cautioned that redistricting is a difficult, time-consuming and ultimately expensive process. “It takes many, many man-hours.” Further, he noted, “The community is expecting and demanding we look at new revenue streams.”
Nevertheless, a motion to study redistricting passed unanimously. With that, Hochman agreed to support the choice plan and it also passed 5-1, with only Charest voting no.