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Rezoned students start year at new schools in Beaufort Co.

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BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -
The new school year is in full swing for Beaufort County students, and nearly 100 students from Okatie Elementary and Red Cedar Elementary started this school year at a new school – Bluffton Elementary.
 
Natalie Basinger's 9-year-old daughter, Jaelynn, is one of the students that had to transfer to Bluffton Elementary. A change that upset them.
 
"We bought this house knowing that she would be going to Okatie," Basinger said.
 
The reason for the change? Overcrowding, which is an issue in almost every school in Bluffton.
 
Okatie Elementary and Red Cedar was over capacity, where ass Bluffton Elementary was at 66 percent. According to the school board, moving the Rosé Hill and Mill Creek students was the best option.
 
Basinger and many other parents attended board meetings hoping they could convince the board to keep their kids at Okatie.
 
"But the board decided not to go back on their decision and to stop talking about it," Basinger said.
 
That was a decision that infuriated Natalie at first. But she says, "They're both great schools."
 
And seeing that this change hasn't had a negative impact on Jaelynne has helped her accept the change.
 
"I was pretty excited," said Jaelynn. "I really wanted to make new friends and I did, and then I have my old friends , and then I get to have more friends." 

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