Parents, it's time to comment on middle schools' rezoning

Parents of Columbia County middle school pupils have one more chance to offer input on a plan to rezone the county's middle school boundaries next year.

The school system is holding its second and final public hearing at Evans Middle School tonight to present its rezoning proposal to prepare for the opening of Stallings Island Middle School in August.

Superintendent Charles Nagle said he will make a recommendation on the rezoning plans to the board at its Jan. 22 meeting. He said the proposal has been modified slightly since the first public hearing was held last month.

For instance, the area between Louisville and Appling-Harlem roads was rezoned from Greenbrier Middle to Grovetown Middle.

However, Mr. Nagle said, "It's a better fit to move it to Harlem Middle School and Harlem High School because they have the room."

He also said that, based on parental input, two middle school pupils who live in Shenandoah Woods subdivision off Evans to Locks Road likely will be rezoned for Stallings Island.

"We do listen at these hearings," Mr. Nagle said. "Our reasoning is still good, but maybe (parents') is a little better."

For more information about the rezoning proposal, call the central office at (706) 541-0650 or send e-mail to zoning@ccboe.net.

Reach Betsy Gilliland at (706) 868-1222, ext. 113, or betsy.gilliland@augustachronicle.com.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Columbia County middle school rezoning public hearing

WHEN: 7 tonight

WHERE: Evans Middle School, 4785 Hereford Farm Road