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Letter to the editor: A purple circle surrounded by green

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opinion Farmington, 55024
Farmington Independent
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Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

To the editor,

Thank you to the Farmington School District attendance boundary committee for hosting the community meetings about boundary changes and listening to everyone’s concerns.  I understand the need for making some necessary boundary changes in Farmington, given the over enrollment in some schools and the under enrollment in others. However, these changes should have the students’ best interest at heart.

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This brings me back to the Camden Path, Camden Court and Camden Circle proposed change from FES to Riverview. Moving Camden Path, Camden Court and Camden Circle to Riverview is not in the best interest of the children that live in that neighborhood.

By moving them you are isolating them from the neighborhood in which they live. The children from Camden Path, Camden Court and Camden Circle play at the community park that connects us to Tamarack Ridge and Park Place neighborhoods.

In the summertime the community swimming bus picks up the children from these neighborhoods together at one stop. So separating these children and sending them to Riverview would be a mistake. It would separate and isolate them.

The committee stated it did not want to break up communities or remove kids from their neighborhood school, and moving the children from Camden Path, Camden Court and Camden Circle to Riverview will do just that.

One last point. If you make this change the children who live on Camden Path, Camden Court and Camden Circle would have to cross Hwy. 66 and Hwy. 3 in order to play at a friend’s house from school. This is not safe or ideal.

Looking at the boundary map, it is plain to see that Camden Path, Camden Court and Camden Circle is a small purple circle (Riverview) surrounded by a sea of green (FES).

Please reconsider leaving the Camden Path, Camden Court and Camden Circle children where they belong with their neighborhood school and the community in which they live.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Janee Rivard-Johnson,

Farmington

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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.
(651) 460-6606
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