Several parents voiced their concerns at Tuesday night's SCCPSS Board of Public Education meeting about a plan to transfer 8th graders from Godley Station to New Hampstead High School.
At the beginning of May, the board decided to approve the plan in an effort to cut costs and prevent overcrowding. Many New Hampstead parents said the board should have come to them first before approving the plan.
Dean Kicklighter, a parent and president of the New Hampstead High School Council, said the board made the decision without input from the people who elected them. He said this move will overcrowd New Hampstead, and hurt students of all grades.
School board president Dr. Joe Buck said the move will actually save the district money. He said it would cost approximately $250,000 to move the classroom modules from New Hampstead to Godley Station, and that's money the district doesn't have.
But, this discussion could be far from over. The school board voted to seek an increase in a millage rate, and Dr. Buck said could put negotiations back on the table.
"Part of the reason that I voted for a mill increase was so that it would allow some
freedom to look at the Godley station/New Hampstead concern expressed by parents."
The transfer of students starts this fall.
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