One month after altering attendance boundaries for elementary and middle schools, the Pickerington Board of Education agreed Monday to do the same for secondary-school boundaries in two neighborhoods.

One month after altering attendance boundaries for elementary and middle schools, the Pickerington Board of Education agreed Monday to do the same for secondary-school boundaries in two neighborhoods.

Board members voted 4-1 to realign secondary-school attendance boundaries for students living in the Mingo Estates subdivision, as well as those living on and east of Saylor Road.

Beginning next year, students in grades 7-12 living in the Mingo Estates subdivision will attend Lakeview Junior High and Pickerington High School North. That's a departure from the current attendance tract, in which students living in the subdivision go to Ridgeview Junior High and Pickerington High School Central.

Likewise, the attendance plan for students living on and east of Saylor Road was changed. Currently, those students also go from Ridgeview to Central.

Next year, however, students in grades 7-12 living in the Saylor Road corridor will be bused to Lakeview and North.

"This way, you can keep neighborhoods going in the same direction," said board member Wes Monhollen.

According to board members, the moves were made to grant the wishes of parents in the neighborhoods. Following the vote, applause broke out from many of the almost 50 parents who attended the meeting.

The move also allows for students now in grades 7-11 to remain on the Ridgeview-to-Central tract. Those students could open enroll to those schools without giving up athletic eligibility.

That was good news for parents whose children wish to continue their schooling at Ridgeview and Central.

"My son is autistic," said Julie Prater, whose son is a freshman at Central. "Now he's at Central and is thriving. He has now established where he is."

The board also moved to ensure that Mingo Estates students currently in grades 9-11 will receive bus transportation to Central, if they choose to open enroll through graduation. Saylor Road corridor students currently in grades 7-11 would be provided bus transportation to Ridgeview and Central through graduation.

Through the realignment, the district hopes to reduce transportation expenses for those neighborhoods by approximately $3,000 a year.

The lone opposing vote on the matter came from board member Lisa Reade. She said she supports the realignment but opposed a motion raised by Monhollen and supported by board members Clay Lopez and Lee Gray to move the realignment issues to the board's consent agenda.

"They were put together to try to force a 'yes' vote," Reade said. "I definitely support moving (the attendance boundaries), but I think we should have had the confidence to discuss each issue separately. Every board member should have the courtesy to voice opinions on each issue. That did not happen."

The secondary realignment comes a month after the board realigned the district's elementary and middle school attendance boundaries to include Tollgate Elementary, Sycamore Elementary and Tollgate Middle School, which will be opened at the outset of the 2009-10 school year.

It also comes three years after the school board changed attendance boundaries for the two subdivisions.

Prior to 2006, students in Mingo Estates went from Pickerington Elementary to Diley Middle School, and then on to Ridgeview and Central. The board then changed the tract, requiring those students to go to Fairfield Elementary and Harmon Middle School before going onto Ridgeview and Central.

Prior to 2006, students in the Saylor Road corridor attended Violet Elementary, then went to Harmon, Lakeview and Central. The board then changed the students' tract to send them to Heritage Elementary, Diley, Ridgeview and Central.