Next Superintendent Todd Petrey said the district needed to deal with overpopulation at Springboro High School in coming years.
“Our high school is going to be extremely overcrowded,” he said after winning approval for moving the first-graders to Clearcreek.
Over the past month, the board has discussed how to respond to overcrowding at Five Points, blamed on population growth in the northeastern part of the district along Ohio 48 sprawling south from the Montgomery-Warren county line.
On Saturday, Petrey and Business Manager John Pennell laid out their latest proposal, an alternative to redistricting, envisioned as a short-term solution to student population growth in the growing district.
At $165,000 over two years, redistricting was the least expensive option, although latter calculations evened this comparison.
Rigano still favored redistricting, citing the district’s tight budget and questions about how much state funding would be coming to the district through Gov. John Kasich’s latest budget.
Petroni also questioned additional spending of $175,000 a year with district finances in question.
“The timing feels wrong,” he said.
After parents questioned the proposed redistricting lines, the administrators promoted the early-learning center option during a heated work session last Saturday, pointing to educational benefits and relatively small difference in projected costs.
“There’s room to expand at Clearcreek,” Stuckey added Thursday.
Parents facing redistricting favored the early-learning center option, but none spoke before Thursday’s vote.