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APS redistricting plan: a tale of two schools

ATLANTA -- Parents at Coan Middle School were all smiles on Sunday after Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Erroll Davis removed their school from his final school closing list.

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"We're just very happy that the superintendent heard us and that he took the feedback," said Coan parent Cindy Smith. "He took the comments. He took what the community is willing to do."

Coan parents were among the most vocal after Davis released his initial redistricting plan last month.

"Our students will be able to stay in their community, and that's what we fought for," said Coan parent Aisia Anderson.

The superintendent's final redistricting plan was released online just before midnight on Saturday.

It calls for closing 10 schools, down from 13 on the original list released in early March.

The plan is designed to save money, help overcrowding on the Northside and reduce the number of empty seats on the Southside.

"I think district leaders are making a mistake," said Kevin Lynch, president of the Peoplestown Association and the father of a two-year-old girl. "We're not pleased about it." 

Parents in Peoplestown are new to this fight.

Their neighborhood elementary school, D.H. Stanton, was added to the final closing list on Saturday night without any warning.

"People can affect change in schools, and Peoplestown is ready to do it for Stanton," Lynch said. "It's not good to be on the final list." 

Before the superintendent presents his final plan to the board, there will be four more public meetings, two each at DH Stanton and Towns Elementary, the other one that was just added to the list.

The meetings will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the schools on Thursday, April 5th and Monday, April 9th.

The board will vote on Tuesday, April 10th.