Beaufort County School District holds first town hall meeting for proposed attendance zones
BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -
In the Lowcountry, not many fireworks at the Beaufort County School District's first town hall meeting about its attendance zones.
The majority of the people came from the Moss Creek area and they're fighting to keep their kids in the Hilton Head Island schools.
The parents who attended Monday night's town hall meeting wanted school board members and Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Moss to know how important it is for them to remain part of the Hilton Head Island community.
"Our families are a part of Hilton Head, we play with Hilton Head, we do sports with Hilton Head, we're a part of Hilton Head," said Moss Creek resident Allison Cobb.
About 50 people filled the Hilton Head Island High School theater room for Monday night's meeting. Almost all of the comments came from those who live within the Moss Creek area.
"Moss Creek and the Gatherings and Old South is actually not a part of Bluffton or Hilton Head so we feel like we are continually being bopped around as needed to fill certain percentages," said Cobb.
Because Hilton Head is landlocked, the new tentative attendance zones plan would redistrict those in Moss Creek/Old South/The Gatherings area back towards the Bluffton schools to avoid overcrowding.
"But there's no growth in Moss Creek, Moss Creek's not growing by leaps and bounds, it never has," said Serena Flaherty, another Moss Creek resident.
Flaherty says the numbers don't add up especially since Moss Creek is primarily a retirement community. She believes redistricting a small number would only do more harm.
"I talked to the Administration and they stated there's 56 kids in Moss Creek, there's only about 29 to 30 kids who actually go to the public schools," she said.
Some argued Hilton Head schools offer the only International Baccalaureate programs in the district while others suggested not grouping Moss Creek with the others neighborhoods because of its small population.
"We obviously have split some neighborhoods up in the past and we'll possibly do it again depending on what the final outcome of the board is, everything's a possibility at this point," said Beaufort County School Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Moss.
Many of the parents here say they will attending the other town hall meetings to voice their concerns.
The next town hall meeting will be Monday, Febuary 10th at Bluffton High School.