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Beaufort Co School Board takes final vote on attendance zones

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Thousands of students across Beaufort County now have an idea of where they will go to school starting this fall.  

After months of meetings and public input, school board members voted 9-1 to pass a recommended proposal for attendance zones onTuesday night.

It came down to minute details where one slight adjustment of a line could impact a family's lifestyle.  

The sticking point for board members was whether to allow those who live in Moss Creek, The Gatherings, and Buckingham Plantation to permanently remain with Hilton Head Island schools, or only grandfather the current students and their siblings in.

After two failed motions, school board members voted 9-1 to allow those three communities to remain with Hilton Head Island schools while those in Old South, who have the largest numbers, will be rezoned to Bluffton schools.

It is a great evening," said Moss Creek resident, Madeline Duncan.

She, along with some other parents, have attended all of the meetings and say this vote was a huge victory.

"The numbers were so small, those three plantations, that they ended up voting for us so we are very grateful that we can have some consistency and continuity for our children."

The new redistricting proposal will also allow students who live a mile from Coosa Elementary School to remain there instead of being rezoned to Lady's Island Elementary.

Some schools south of the Broad will adjust their grade levels starting this fall to accommodate room space until the two new schools are built.

But overall, the district and board believe the new proposal achieves what they wanted: less overcrowding and more choice options.

"There is no choice if you have got a school that is already full and cannot take anybody in, so I think we accomplished both of those," said School Board Chairman, Bill Evans.

"There is always going to be some group that won't be quite happy with the decision that is made, but when you look across the district with over 20,700 kids, I think what the action the board took tonight satisfied the vast majority of our families," added Superintendent, Dr. Jeffrey Moss.  

The school district will now focus on notifying parents of the new rezoning plan, and preparing a list of choice options at each school.

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