Board OKs school rezoning proposal

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Ninety-three eighth-graders in three parts of Columbia County will be rezoned to different high schools a year ahead of schedule.

School board members plan to hold public hearings and finalize a complete high school rezoning plan this spring to prepare for the 2009 opening of Grovetown High School on Chamblin Road.

But the school board gave final approval Tuesday to a plan to rezone those who will be in the ninth grade in pocket areas around Flowing Wells, Hereford Farm and Louisville roads for 2008-09.

The rezoning will shift these students to the high schools they will attend once the more comprehensive rezoning takes place. The rezoning, which is mandatory, will allow freshmen to attend the same high school for four years.

"I think it makes sense if we know they're going there the following year," said board member Wayne Bridges.

The board also tentatively approved a proposal to give upperclassmen who live in these areas the option of transferring to their new schools next year. This proposal would affect 108 10th-graders and 90 11th-graders.

The board approved both measures by a 4-0 vote. Board member Mike Sleeper was absent.

Mr. Nagle said no exceptions would be made for ninth-graders who would have older siblings at a different high school.

"They're at different schools this year," he said. "If it's a transportation issue, that child can ride a bus."

Anyone with questions about the rezoning plan can call the county school board's main office at (706) 541-0650.

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

POCKET HIGH SCHOOL REZONING


FLOWING WELLS ROAD/ RICHMOND COUNTY LINE AREA


- 51 eighth-graders affected


Current high school: Evans


Proposed high school: Lakeside




HEREFORD FARM ROAD/ BLANCHARD ROAD


- 31 eighth-graders affected


Current high school: Greenbrier


Proposed high school: Evans




LOUISVILLE ROAD/ APPLING-HARLEM ROAD


- 11 eighth-graders affected


Current high school: Greenbrier


Proposed high school: Harlem

Source: Columbia County Board of Education

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wise ole man
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wise ole man 02/13/08 - 11:39 am
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Saw that lady on TV objecting

Saw that lady on TV objecting to her child's zone- just one question- What were her SAT scores and does she blame those on Harlem High?

June
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June 02/13/08 - 11:50 am
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If CCBOE don't have an

If CCBOE don't have an approved rezoning plan for the opening of Grovetown High, how does the board know that the upcoming freshmen will be rezoned. Sounds as if the plan is already in place.

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whyme 02/13/08 - 01:44 pm
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Again, I think it's all in

Again, I think it's all in the delivery. It was obvious that the parent was significantly concerned, right or wrong. Yet the superintendent made a statement that the decision was final and, even in the article above, the impression given is a lack of sensitivity (i.e. it doesn't matter if you have kids in two different schools). That may not be the way it is meant but it does come across that way. Your school board works well if you have constituent support and giving a cold attitude, even if it's unintended, is not good for anyone. I've tried to contact several board members simply to ask questions but haven't even been given the courtesy of a response.

wise ole man
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wise ole man 02/13/08 - 01:55 pm
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My BOE rep thought it was

My BOE rep thought it was more important to be Atlanta hob-knobing with the Legislators and eating Bar-b-que to even address the issue. I do not see a problem with the4 rezoning but I do have a problem with my tax dollar being spent on someone who can not fulfill their obligation to their elected office. i am sure if you ask him he was saving thousands of dollars for the citzens of Columbia County. Sounds to me like he is getting ready for his next political stunt- commissioner. Is that kosher for father-in-law and son to be on the same governing board?

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 02/13/08 - 02:58 pm
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"whyme," Have you attempted

"whyme,"

Have you attempted to contact them via e-mail?

cathieisgood
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cathieisgood 02/13/08 - 03:45 pm
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They don't know what they are

They don't know what they are going to do yet. I live off of Louisville Road and CCBOE said they couldn't tell me what school my children will be going to (GHS, HHS or Grovetown HS). Either way, I am not happy because they just finalized that my road is zoned for GMS but now they might not be going to GHS even though the school bus for GMS carries GHS students.

715mommy
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715mommy 03/14/08 - 02:50 pm
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this whole rezoning thing is

this whole rezoning thing is a joke. mr nagle, do not pretend that this "plan" has nothing to do with race or status. if you have money (westlake, jones creek) then you can do whatever you want and send your children to the better schools (as weve seen with riverside middle and now with stallings island), leaving the rest in the trash (LMS). Just because you are not wealthy does not mean your children should be punished. everyone deserves the best education no matter where they live or how much they make. This BLATANT act of racism and socialism makes me SICK TO MY STOMACH.

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