Muscogee County School Board rezoning plan could send 300 children to different schools

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Some students in the Muscogee County School District may find themselves at another school. Muscogee County School Board representatives are working out plans for what they call a spot rezoning plan during the Feb. 12 work session.

"It's a small percentage of students that could potentially be affected, but the outcome is to bring some relief to transportation issues by bringing those students closer to their neighborhood schools," says Muscogee County School District Communications Director Mercedes Parham.

Superintendent David Lewis says more than 300 of the more than 31,000 students in the district would be reassigned to a different school if the plan is implemented.

One of the main goals of the rezoning plan is to accommodate more students at the new Spencer High School on Fort Benning Road as well as use space in South Columbus and create growth in North Columbus. One example used during the proposal is 130 students from Carver High School would be moved to the new Spencer High. Other schools that could be affected are Dorothy Heights Elementary School, North Columbus Elementary School, and St. Mary's Road Magnet Academy.

"It would be setting them on a path where they can be in the same school with their siblings and on a pathway of a more convenient and efficient area for the school district as well," says Parham.

Three public forums are scheduled to explain the proposed re-zoning before a decision is made by the board during its March meeting:

  • February 22, 2018, Carver High School, 6 p.m.
  • February 27, 2018, St. Mary’s Road Magnet Academy, 6 p.m.
  • March 1st, 2018, Double Churches Elementary School, 6 p.m.

The proposal included that students in specialized programs, juniors and seniors in high school, and 5th graders in elementary school will not be reassigned.

Another topic discussed at the Muscogee County Work Session was new budgets requested by a construction department for alterations and additions at Shaw High in the amount of $650,000. That money would come from combined savings of HVAC and re-roofing portions of the work for the Shaw High Construction project.

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