Jamerson gets one-year extension on priority for Thurgood Marshall
After hearing complaints from parents, the Pinellas County School Board agreed Tuesday to give current fifth graders at Jamerson Elementary priority to attend Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle in the 2014/15 school year.
The School Board's 5-2 vote Tuesday ends priority status for other Jamerson students. This year's fourth graders, for instance, will not get first dibs on seats at Thurgood Marshall for the 2015/16 school year.
Board members Peggy O'Shea and Robin Wikle voted against the measure.
The school district had planned to end Jamerson's feeder pattern for all students for the coming school year. More than 400 parents at Jamerson signed a petition asking for a six-year transition. The elementary school's own brochure prominently advertised the feeder pattern to Thurgood Marshall.
Tammy Kaplan, a parent at Jamerson, told board members that parents were asking for stability, particularly for the upper grades.
"We have many parents that are emotional, that are scared," she said.
The Gradebook has covered this issue several times. Here is one of the stories.