Board members approved a single split campus attendance zone to include Port Wentworth, which means some changes in the near future for some elementary age students currently attending Godley Station.
"We are moving forward with the plan now that we have the approval," said Tammy Perkins.
In a vote of nine to zero, board members approved a plan that would affect students kindergarten to eighth grade that live in Port Wentworth.
What that means is when the new facility is done being constructed in the north part of the Port Wentworth area is complete," said Perkins. "Students will be served kindergarten to eighth grade between the two facilities. Those facilities being the current Port Wentworth elementary will serve students kindergarten to second grade and the new facility will serve students third grade through eighth grade.
This is the final plan after receiving a significant amount of community input.
The original proposal included use of mercer middle school," said Perkins. "We quickly learned that the community had other ideas."
Until the new Port Wentworth school is constructed, students kindergarten through first grade who currently attend Godley Station will be reassigned to Port Wentworth Elementary next year, to help with overcrowding. The board does expect some growing pains.
"We do anticipate the need for modular units at Port Wentworth for a temporary period," said Perkins. "So we will make accommodations."
Then in 2015 grades kindergarten through second will remain at the existing school and the new Port Wentworth school will house grades third through eighth.
Both sites will serve about 1,687 Port
Wentworth area students.
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