Parents have been petitioning the board and School Director Mike Davis to change the zone and keep their children all together since then, Basham pointed out. She also said that to get to Elzie Patton she has to pass both Stoner Creek and Rutland, where her children originally attended.
Later in the meeting the board voted 4-1 with Wayne McNeece opposed, to let Davis allow the Martha-Leeville students to attend Rutland as "out of zone" on a case by case basis.
This decision would depend Davis said, on space and staff availability, as well as parents ability to provide the student’s transportation.
While the decision may have seemed like a solution to some Basham was not satisfied, because she said it did not solve her problems with transporting her daughter, who has attention deficit disorder.
After the meeting was adjourned she confronted Cook in the parking lot, asking her why she didn’t care about what this decision did to the children involved.
Cook stated that she did care, and that the parents were "talking to the wrong board member."
The two women continued to argue for several minutes. Eventually Cook left the parking area, but not before Board Member Lisa McMillin talked with her and walked her to her car.
The board also heard a report that suspensions are up in all of the county high schools except Watertown, which actually recorded one less suspension last year than in 2006-2007, down from 66 to 65.
The most serious increase was at Lebanon High which went from 298 reported suspensions in 2006-2007 to 579 last year.
However, Title VI Director David Burton said he thinks much of the increase may be due to improved reporting and the new principal’s staff at LHS.
Mt Juliet also showed an increase in suspensions from 248 to 309 and Wilson Central went from 177 to 227.
Actual expulsions were down system wide from about 60 in 2006-2007 to only four last year Burton said.