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Editorial: No pleasing everyone with boundary change

There’s no way this ends with everyone completely happy. It just doesn’t work that way.

The Farmington School District is in the process of redrawing its boundaries for elementary and middle schools, and the results are pretty much guaranteed to leave someone at least a little unsatisfied. They’ll be upset because their child is no longer going to school with his or her friends, because a neighborhood has been divided in a way that doesn’t seem to make sense, because they’re leaving behind teachers and principals and other parents they have come to know and like.

There are simply too many people, too many possibilities, too many things to consider to think the result will satisfy everyone.

The process is necessary, though. Enrollment at the district’s schools is out of balance. Two elementary schools are currently above their capacity while two are well below. With the district needing to find room next year for a significantly expanded all-day kindergarten program, that simply will not work.

So, the district has followed a process to find the best option it can. It sought input from residents in an online survey and in three public meetings between last Wednesday and this Tuesday. It’s safe to suggest that by the time the board makes its decision they will have a good idea how people like the options they are considering.

Some will like them. Others won’t. No matter what they are.

It’s unfortunate there’s no easy way to make the change, but as long as the Farmington School District continues to grow — and there are certainly signs it will — boundary changes will be a fact of life.

And always they will leave someone unhappy.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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