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School board to review attendance zones input

Bill Payne Bill Payne

Beaufort County's school board members are meeting Monday night in hopes of drafting a final attendance zones proposal.

This is the first step in sorting through all of the feedback from the last five town hall meetings. Okatie Elementary is where the district's student services committee developed the initial attendance zones proposal.

Monday night's meeting is the first of two that will be held this week in which the committee will look at everything that's been discussed up to this point about it. 

What's interesting is that the attendance zones are aimed at easing overcrowding particularly north of the Broad River where elementary schools will start adding in fifth grade next year and Robert Smalls Middle School will change to a K-8 school. But most of the opposition to the current proposal has come from south of the Broad River.

Two of the biggest issues are whether folks in the Moss Creek, Old South and the Gatherings areas can remain with the Hilton Head schools. The other issue is whether Bluffton High School can maintain one athletics program with the new high school being built.

At this point, anything is subject to change depending on what school board members decide. 

"Of course, when you have redistricting and school choice, there's not 100 percent happiness among the public. But we are looking forward to working on a plan that will please the majority of the public," said Bill Payne, Beaufort Co School Board member, District 10.

The public will still have a chance to comment on the current proposal on Monday night and Wednesday.

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