A group of about 75 Sharon parents will petition the school committee not to redistrict Sharon's three elementary schools in September 2012.
The redistricting task force will present its recommendations at Wednesday's school board meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. The school board is not expected to vote.
Cottage Street School parent Nancy Cochrane said Tuesday her group wants other options explored, such as phasing redistricting over five years.
Parents are concerned about children leaving schools where they're comfortable, and having children at two different elementary schools, Cochrane said.
"We're not against redistricting. We just don't think it's necessary at this time," said Cochrane, whose son is a Cottage third-grader and whose daughter will attend that school in the fall.
At at , the task force presented its findings -- including three options -- and solicited community feedback on redistricting's implications.
The move would create "educational parity" and "neighborhood proximity" among the , and , the task force said.
Cochrane said parents organized after that forum. They met April 7 and again Monday night. They also have met with Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Administration Timothy Farmer, who becomes superintendent July 1.
Although the task force's "intentions were very good," the options were based on "a potential, not an actual, increase in population," Cochrane said. Housing at the proposed Sharon Commons site is considered, for example.
The matter is "really a Heights-East issue," she said.
Farmer said at the public forum that East is underutilized.
Cochrane said that "I don't feel a child at Cottage should have to pay the price for this."
Switching schools is "a huge social and academic challenge" for students, and even harder for students with special needs, she said.