District Changes Proposed to Ease Beaufort County School Overcrowding

We've reported on Savannah-Chatham's school overcrowding. Turns out, they're not alone. In the South Carolina Low Country, plans are in the works to ease school overcrowding in northern Beaufort County.

School board member Richard Tritschler proposes redrawing the district lines to alleviate the problem at Coosa Elementary on Lady's Island.

The school is more than a hundred students over capacity, and growing. They are using mobile classrooms to handle the overflow.

Meanwhile, other elementary schools in the area are below capacity.

"We have cities of mobiles in the Bluffton region," Tritschler said. "We're addressing those with realignment of the attendance zones. We need to do the same thing on Lady's Island. We have seats to put them in classrooms. That's where I want to see students, in classrooms, not mobiles."

No formal proposal is on the table at this time, but the entire school board would have to agree on any changes to the district lines before they can be redrawn.

Reported by: Jaime Dailey, jdailey@wtoc.com