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School board members meet about proposed attendance zones

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BLUFFTON, SC (WTOC) -

School attendance zones remain a hot topic discussion in the Bluffton community.

On Thursday night, five school board members who represent the Bluffton area held a public meeting to discuss how the proposed zones would affect the community.

Two new schools are scheduled to be built and ready in Bluffton by 2015.

Aside from academics, many parents support the idea of having two Bluffton schools under one athletic program in order to maintain the Bluffton state of mind.

Others believe two separate programs will allow more students a chance to compete in sports.

"Just having one school in the community that's growing, it will build character, teamwork and they would be able to play the sport that they love," said Bluffton resident Stephanie Watson.  

"We have a very strong support system for athletics in this community, and dividing the community where we have a rival with a school that's only going to be less than two miles apart, it's not a good thing for Bluffton at this time," said citizen Fred Hamilton.  

The Executive Director of the South Carolina High School League, which is the governing body of athletics for the state, said Bluffton can create one school with two campuses if they want to keep one athletic program.

Nothing is definitive yet. The district's Student Services Committee will vet all of the feedback to start working on a final proposal on March 17 and 19.

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