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Commissioner, parents protest New Hampstead overcrowding plan

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CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

Parents are unhappy and speaking out about a plan to move students to ease overcrowding.

Chatham County Commissioner Dean Kicklighter prompted the discussion at New Hampstead High School during Thursday's parent meeting.

"It will be virtually impossible to keep 13 and 14-year-old kids separated from 18 and 19-year-olds at all times," said Kicklighter.

"We waited too long to get this school here and now we have to share it with middle school kids, that's not right," said a parent.

Kicklighter and fellow parents with children attending New Hampstead High School are protesting the decision made by the board to fill the empty wing of their new high school with Godly Station's upcoming 8th grade class to help with overcrowding.

"As parents attending this high school and a life long resident of Chatham County, we are tired of them treating us like the red headed step child and making decisions without even informing us that they are working on something," said Kicklighter.

The move will eliminate the need for more portable classrooms at the Godley Station campus.

"We need to relieve some space at Godley Station because if we bring the eighth graders over here, Godley Station will still be full," said a school official.

Parents are asking why New Hampstead.

"Did you try and move them to Groves or is it because these parents wanted a safer environment?" asked a parent. "We can't mess with Groves right now. It is a state grant. It is a turn around mode," responded school officials.

"They could have moved those children to a school in that school district, which is Groves, and it is under populated," said Kicklighter.

During the May 1 meeting, school officials agreed to limit the move to New Hampstead to one year. Parents are now trying to get this item put back on the agenda for further discussion.

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