The School Committee is considering making the Haley School a K-8 school, a move some parents fear could undercut plans for an innovative feeder program in which Roslindale fifth graders at six schools were given higher priority for seats at the Irving Middle School.
In both cases, the goal is to prevent a sometimes confusing and even agonizing choice for Roslindale parents who select a small K-5 school for their children - and who then might have to go through three different schools in three years if they try for one of the exam schools - elementary, one year in a middle school and then an exam school.
Several years ago, many parents simply gave up and pulled their kids out of BPS, especially when the area's only middle school, the Irving, routinely made the weekly police blotter in the local newspaper.
School officials said that unlike in neighboring West Roxbury, Roslindale schools were too small to allow for expansion into K-8 schools. BPS hired a new principal for the Irving and came up with the "K-8 Pathway" program.
The Haley was one of the schools in the program. Some parents at the remaining schools now worry that the money and resources required to add three grades to the Haley will take away from their program with the Irving.