Erika Dean's son Aiden went to daycare in McFarland. He grew up going to the grocery store in town. He has friends there. He plays on McFarland sports teams.
However, district lines snake right around Liberty Place where Dean lives, putting Aiden in Madison schools. When she applied for open enrollment, Aiden was put on the waiting list.
When she went through the same process for her daughter, Adelene, Dean was able to get her in. She attends 4K in Conrad Elvehjam Early Learning Center in McFarland, while her brother goes to first grade at Glendale Elementary in Madison.
Dean said she's happy with Madison schools, but after spending the school year with two drop offs, two pick ups, two daycares, and two different school calendars, it comes down to convenience.