URBANA — The Urbana school board rejected a proposal Tuesday to allow some students to stay at their current elementary schools when new boundaries take effect with the next school year.
The move affects just under 30 students.
The school board voted in March, following months of study by a 22-member committee, to adopt new boundaries for elementary school students beginning this fall.
The plan identified 29 students now at Wiley Elementary School who will become a part of either the new Thomas Paine Elementary School attendance district or the new Leal Elementary School district, according to Gayle Jeffries, an assistant superintendent. Those students will attend their new schools beginning this fall.
Jeffries said no students at any of Urbana's other elementary schools will be asked to transfer to a different school.
Under the proposal rejected by the school board, the Wiley School students affected by the redistricting process and their siblings would have been given the option of staying at Wiley School until they complete fifth grade.
The school board rejected the grandfathering proposal by voice vote after learning that the redistricting committee recommended against it.
"The whole purpose of redistricting is against grandfathering," said school board member Elaine Gehrmann.
"I agree with the committee," said school board member Brenda Carter. "The whole reason we are doing this is to alleviate overcrowding at some of the schools."
In other business, the school board voted 7-0 to offer softball at the middle-school level beginning with the 2012-13 school year.
The board also voted 7-0 to re-appoint Michael Cain to serve as school treasurer for the 2012-13 school year at a salary of $5,200.