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Hearing on Columbia County middle school rezoning planned for Thursday

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Parents will get a chance to voice concerns tonight about a pending Columbia County middle school rezoning.

A public hearing on new school zones affecting four middle schools is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Columbia Middle School, 6000 Columbia Road in Grovetown. The rezoning is needed before the new Columbia Middle opens next school year.

Under the proposal, Evans and Grovetown middle schools would see the biggest changes to their pupil populations.

By the start of next school year, Grovetown Middle’s estimated population would drop from 1,013 to 821 pupils, while Evans Middle would increase from 763 to 931 pupils. Both projections were still over capacity for the schools.

About 168 pupils, transferring from Columbia and Grovetown middle schools, would be added to Evans Middle. More than 190 pupils at Grovetown Middle would be redistributed, with the majority going to the new Columbia Middle.

Fifteen students at Greenbrier Middle would be moved to Columbia Middle.

The plan calls for pupils living in Merrymont and Quail Creek subdivisions to shift to Evans Middle.

Pupils living off Chamblin Road, south of Interstate 20 and north of Wrightsboro Road, and off Louisville Road, south of Heggies Ridge Drive, would be rezoned to the new Columbia Middle.

Another option could be added to the plan addressing students on Blanchard Road currently zoned for the Greenbrier school district but situated closer to Evans schools.

The proposed zones were shown to the Columbia County school board at its Oct. 9 meeting.

At that meeting, board member Mike Sleeper said he was “a little disturbed” that Evans Middle would be 131 pupils over capacity.

In response, school Superintendent Charles Nagle said Evans Middle is not expected to grow as quickly as Grovetown and Columbia Middle schools, which need immediate relief.

To counter the high enrollment at Evans, he said, they need to begin planning for additional classrooms at both Evans and Grovetown middle schools.


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