Columbia County discusses school rezoning plans

Columbia Co. Schools rezoning meeting

COLUMBIA COUNTY, GA (WFXG) - Filled classrooms and overcrowded buses are just a few reasons why the Columbia County School System says it's time to rezone.

The plan has been in place since December, but the first presentation was held Thursday at Grovetown High.

This plan will affect 11 elementary schools, six middle schools and three high schools. There will be new schools that will be formed in the coming years, as this plan is from 2015 to 2019.

The new elementary school to be formed in 2016 will have about 377 students.

School board members say rezoning is nothing new in parts of Columbia County, but this is the first time this part of the county - the Harlem and Grovetown areas - will experience it. They are trying to make sure everyone is knowledgeable of what is to come.

"We know that's a long way out and growth can change, but we wanted to go ahead and present it all, as we see it playing out," said Penny Jackson, an assistant superintendent for the school system. "To give everyone an idea and understanding that the rezoning is going to be widespread because we're building the new schools in that area. We're building the new Harlem Middle. The new Grovetown, the new North Harlem and in doing that, we wanted to be proactive and preparing the public for the fact and we would be rezoning. This is our thoughts right now. What we're seeing with our growth."

Board members will make the final decision at the end of January, but there will be another chance for parents to express any concerns.

Meeting Information:

Tuesday, Jan. 20

6 p.m.

Greenbrier High School

5114 Riverwood Parkway

Evans, GA 30809

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