Parents concerned about plans for elementary schools pack Hilliard school board meeting

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HILLIARD, Ohio - Many parents were at the Hilliard school board meeting Monday.

Several stood in the hallway, waiting for their chance to speak.

The Hilliard School District is planning major changes to a few elementary schools.

Starting in 2020, Britton Elementary will educate kindergarten through second graders, and Norwich Elementary will hold third through fifth graders. Parents say that is too many changes in a short time for their children.

“It's an absolute boiling over of frustration that this group of families,” said mom Lisa Stark.

“We are able to locate research that points to the problems that arise when all students have to switch schools frequently and are grouped primarily with their own ages,” said a concerned mom.

Of the speakers, only one parent stood up to say he thinks the campus plan will benefit students.

“What this shows to me is that the district is trying to innovate and try new things. I understand change is hard, but we tell our kids change is a part of life,” said a dad in favor of the plan.

District superintendent John Marschhausen said the move will allow the district to better maximize class sizes and teacher skills, but he apologized for the poor communication to parents.

“For those of you who felt blindsided, that's my responsibility and I'm sorry for that,” said Marschhausen.

The district plans on making the same changes to Alton Darby and Darby Creek in a few years.