Bentonville Special Needs Students Rezoned

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Some special needs students in Bentonville are being forced to switch schools and their parents are upset by the decision.

For mom, Christina Kitterman sending son, Logan to school has never been easy, but now its even more difficult.
 
“You want him to get independent and then pulling him back to a different school is taking that independence away that he just learned this year,” says Christina.
 
Logan just finished ninth grade as a special needs student at Bentonville high school.
His mom says their home is located one block away from the dividing school zone line for Bentonville west high school. Last school year the Kitterman’s had to travel three miles to get to Bentonville high school and now with the new school opening up, they’re going to have to travel six miles.
 
Paul Stolt, the Communications Director for Bentonville School District, said the new school is required by law to have the same special needs accessibility measures as Kitterman’s previous educational facility. 
 
“It is the practice of the district not to allow transfers between schools,” Stolt said, “Because if we started transferring students we would have nothing but continuous transfers of students.”
 
While the zoning measure was passed nearly two years ago, the city’s school district should be more open to offering exceptions to students who suffer with disability, Christina Kitterman said.
 
“If you change that routine for him again he’s having to relearn it all and so instead of him continuing on the path of what he’s already learned, he’s going backwards,” Christina Kitterman said.
 
Students of all education levels within the Bentonville School District will be required to adhere to the zoning policy. Bentonville West High School is set to officially start classes August 20th.

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