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3 rezoning hearings set for Columbia County schools

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Three hearings to address rezonings for the 2013-14 school year were announced Tuesday at the Columbia County school board meeting.

The rezonings are needed for when the new Columbia Middle School on William Few Parkway and Evans Elementary School on Gibbs Road open at the start of the 2013 school year.

Hearings on the elementary school rezonings are planned for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at Evans Elementary’s cur­rent location on Gibbs Road and 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at Bel Air Elementary on North Belair Road. A rezoning hear­ing for the middle school is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18
at Columbia Middle’s current location on Columbia Road.

Presentations regarding each rezoning will be given at the school board meeting held before the hearings.

The pupil populations at Bel Air, Evans and Martinez elementary schools will be redistributed when the county’s only two-story elementary school opens.

Half the students at Bel Air will shift to the new Evans Elementary as pupils at Martinez move to Bel Air while their old school is being demolished, Superintendent Charles Nagle has said.

A new Martinez Ele­mentary is expected to open in August 2014.

Pupils at Columbia, Evans and Grovetown Middle schools will be affected by the opening of the new Co­lum­bia Middle.

Some current Columbia Middle students will shift to Evans Middle as other students from Evans Middle will be moved to Columbia and Grovetown Middle schools, Nagle said.

Also at the meeting, school board members said they will advertise online for a new superintendent Sept. 10. through Oct. 17.

Nagle announced in late July that he would retire in June 2013 after spending six years in his current post.


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