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SCCPS to decide on overcrowd schools

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Families in West Chatham County could see some major changes to where their children will go to school.

The public school system is overcrowded, including six schools that are beyond capacity: Brock, Garden City, Godley Station, Gould, Pooler, West Chatham Elementary and West Chatham Middle School.

Board of Education members met Wednesday to discuss their options.

There are several proposals to solve the problem. Students will most likely have to switch schools or go to new ones. The problem is figuring out how to make it all work.

School board president Joe Buck said, "The growth on the west side has surpassed even our best plans. We are very concerned that what we have, we need more of. Can we get more quickly enough to make certain students are not moved from school to school; in portables one year and somewhere else the next year."

One plan is to build a North Port Wentworth K-8. That would mean approximately 500 students at Godley Station would go to the new Port Wentworth school.

The new building would also be built for expansion; room for a thousand new students in the future.

Other proposals are to use modulars and renovations to expand some of the schools.

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