Many students rezoned in Richmond County

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With the opening of one school, the closing of another and efforts to "rightsize" others, back to school could prove a little more confusing than usual for some Richmond County parents.

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Sally Myles moves desks in her classroom at the new Pine Hill Middle School in Hephzibah to get her room ready for eighth-grade math students.  Annette M. Drowlette/Staff
Annette M. Drowlette/Staff
Sally Myles moves desks in her classroom at the new Pine Hill Middle School in Hephzibah to get her room ready for eighth-grade math students.

About 1,400 Richmond County students were rezoned by the school board. In all, 27 schools were affected in some way. Of those, 17 schools are receiving students who have been rezoned and 10 schools will be losing students to other schools.

Students were shuffled around in south Richmond County to make way for the new Pine Hill Middle School, a $15 million, 115,000-square-foot facility on McElMurray Road.

The new school, which is to open this week, is drawing students from Hephzibah, Spirit Creek and Sego middle schools.

As Pine Hill is set to open, another middle school has closed.

Tubman Middle School will no longer function as a traditional school. It is currently closed for major renovations. When it reopens, the school will house the alternative center, evening school and other education programs.

Tubman's seventh-graders were dispersed to neighboring middle schools. The school's eighth-graders will attend Laney High School. Tubman didn't have a sixth grade.

Even more students were rezoned when the board took "rightsizing" actions, which are meant to make the best use of the school system's facilities. Some students at the Academy of Richmond County were rezoned to Laney and Josey high schools to relieve overcrowding.

And children at Milledge Elementary were moved to Lamar Elementary during its reconstruction. That move shifted some students at Lamar to Craig-Houghton Elementary School.

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HillGuy
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HillGuy 08/06/09 - 07:58 am
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sending your child to a

sending your child to a public school in Richmond county borders on child abuse.

VOICE
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VOICE 08/06/09 - 10:17 am
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stay on the hill then!

stay on the hill then!

corgimom
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corgimom 08/06/09 - 11:05 am
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Night school is one of the

Night school is one of the best ideas RCBOE has come up with in a long time!

MoosePile
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MoosePile 08/06/09 - 12:03 pm
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Why do people hate RCBOE

Why do people hate RCBOE teachers so much? And evening school has been going on in Richmond County for many years, it is nothing new.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 08/06/09 - 04:32 pm
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i fell for the average

i fell for the average student from richmond academy who wants to get an education being "rezoned, or rightsized" in to the 2 worse schools in the county to "relieve" overcrowding.....i have a simple and effective way to "relieve over-crowding"...get rid of all the disruptive, disrespectful, under-perfoming and trouble-making students who don't want to learn, hence, no need for as many high schools as there are to be open, an immediate reduction in class sizes, crct test scores and maybe just maybe one or more high schools will meet ayp. but one thing for sure this will give the poor hard-working property taxpayer a break...oh i forgot its almost high school football season

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