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Fayette parents upset about kids being forced to change schools

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SOMERVILLE, TN (WMC-TV)- Some Fayette County parents are upset after finding out their kids are being forced to go to a different school when classes start back next week. 

"This is something parents don't want to do," said frustrated parent Alan Alkus.  "Uproot their kids in the middle of the school year."

Two weeks ago, his daughter attended eighth grade at West Junior High.  When school starts next week, she will move East Junior High.

A 50-year federal desegregation order that mandates the school system be more racially diverse is the reason for the switch.

"Our daughter is devastated," said Alkus.  "She want to stay, she doesn't want to start all over again at a different school."

School officials said the switch only affects about 32 kids in Kindergarten through the eighth grade.

"Give me some proof that it has to be done, no one will tell me," said parent Deborah Craig.  "Everybody is passing the buck, no one will talk to us and give us a straight forward answer."

Alkus said his big issue is after school care.  When his daughter changes schools, he is afraid she will not have anywhere to go.

"We are stuck.  It's not a good feeling," said Alkus.  "The rug has been pulled out from under us."

Alkus said he does not know whether or not his daughter will continue in Fayette County schools.

Fayette County Schools had a procedure in place at the beginning of the school year that required families to present proof of address to register.  School officials are checking to see what happened with these 32 families. 

Director of Schools Dr. Cedrick Gray said he is recommending the 32 students affected by this federal order be allowed to stay at their current school for the rest of the year. 

That issue will be discussed at the next Fayette County School Board meeting on Thursday, January 6.

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