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Panel to discuss Bluffton school overcrowding

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BLUFFTON, SC (WTOC) -

A committee is meeting Thursday night to discuss how to deal with growing enrollments in Bluffton-area schools.

The increase of the student body at Bluffton's two middle schools has raised discussions about whether the middle and high school structure should change to accommodate the increase of students.

The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday at Bluffton Middle School. The panel is made up of a principal and two School Improvement Council members from each of the eight Bluffton-area schools, a student representative from Bluffton High School and community members appointed by school board members in the Bluffton area, according to a district news release.  

Sixth- and seventh-graders attend Bluffton Middle School and eighth- and ninth-graders attend H.E. McCracken Middle School. Both schools are overcrowded and enrollment is expected to increase, according to the school district.

The current system was put into place only two years ago to address overcrowding at Bluffton High School. 

The Board of Education voted in November to community panel to research short-term and long-term solutions to address increased enrollment in Bluffton.

The Board has instructed the committee to bring forward recommendations in March on student assignments for the 2013-14 school year and long-term planning recommendations in May.

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