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Despite disappointment from some parents of Pine Ridge Elementary students; Superintendent Ron Wilkinson says it's time to move forward with the Committee's recommendation to change the boundaries. Many parents spoke up about convenience and transportation while others are upset by the socio-economic indications. Wilkinson says they have to consider all factors and they can't allow people's personal biases to influence the decision: “I think that that's an element of this conversation; I think that boundary debates bring out the ugly side of Bend and the ugly side of people in terms of their biases come through real strongly and that's been the case with any of the options the committee has looked at so that's not labeling one particular group of people in any way. It's just one of the times that the biases come out pretty strongly." Ron Wilkinson adds that while the free and reduced lunch percentage of Pilot Butte Middle School does in fact drop from 72 to 64 percent, that was not a heavily weighing factor in the decision. He also says the School Board made a decision to start an International Baccalaureate Program to add more challenging curriculum for students at Pilot Butte. 

 

 

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