First school rezoning hearing held at Evans Elementary

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During a public hearing Wednesday on new proposed school zones for Evans and Martinez elementary schools, parents learned that Bel Air Elementary School pupils would be sent elsewhere.

Half of the pupils at Bel Air Elementary, about 181, would be shifted to the new Evans Elementary School opening in August. The other half, about 212 pupils, would be moved to Martinez Elementary. All pupils currently attending Evans Elementary would remain at the school.

The Columbia County School System’s proposal showed a line just east of Moss Creek subdivision north to Owens Road at Marty Drive separating the two school zones.

Pupils living to the east of that line will attend Martinez Elementary, while pupils to the west will go to Evans Elementary.

Only 23 Greenbrier Elementary pupils living on Blanchard Road, south of Clark Drive to Hereford Farm Road, will be moved to the new Evans Elementary.

Martinez resident Melissa Brown said her son, in the fourth grade at Bel Air Elementary, will be zoned for Evans Elementary. She said she’s happy with the zone because it ensures her son will attend Evans Middle.

“It’s very important for him to be with his friends,” she said.

Bel Air Elementary will close after this school year. The campus, however, will be used by Martinez Elementary as its current building is razed and rebuilt. The new school is expected to open in August 2014.

Though no parents spoke up at the meeting, they were able to fill out forms voicing their opinion on the rezoning to the school system.

MEETING

A second public meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at Bel Air Elementary, 325 N. Belair Road.

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