Controversial school rezoning meeting

January 22, 2008; News 12 This Morning

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. -- Tonight, members of the Columbia County School Board are set to tackle an issue that has some parents and students upset.

They'll talk about a possible rezoning plan for Stallings Island Middle School, which is scheduled to open in August.

Members want to use this opportunity to eliminate overcrowding at other schools, but some parents are worried this will mean their child will have to change schools.

The issue has been controversial ever since it came to light in a public meeting a few weeks ago.

Stay tuned to and News 12 for any possible decision.

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  • by Patricia Location: Columbia County on Jan 23, 2008 at 01:33 AM
    I don't feel that the approved zoning is in our childrens best interest. The new zoning takes students from the 2nd highest middle school in the county and placing with in one of the lowest school. Greenbrier scores on the CRCT are 20 to 40 points higher than Harlem. AYP schools meet the required scores this is just the minimum requirements it doesn't mean that they are not necessarily a good school. The schools CRCT scores show the better schools because it show that the core courses scores and the precentage of meeting and exceedng the norm base. The re-zoning should help not hurt our students. The teachers at Greenbrier are providing and insuring their students understand and learn and continuing to excel not just meet but exceed in the CRTC.
  • by Paul Location: Appling, GA on Jan 22, 2008 at 06:15 PM
    The lowest performing middle schools (8 points under the national average) are adding students due to the rezoning and will be at maximum capacity, other middle schools currently performing 14-24 points over the national average will be under capacity. Grovetown Middle School is performing under the nation average and will be at maximum capacity; also the Grovetown Middle School and Columbia Middle School zones have the most potential for housing / students inflow in the near future and will continue to have their capacity stretched. These facts have not been publicized for some reason. Note: RESA National Average Score 50 Grovetown Middle School; Instructional Capacity 720 students; Proposed Rezoned Enrollment 720 Students; RESA Score 43 Harlem Middle School; Instructional Capacity 450 students; Proposed Rezoned Enrollment 422 Students; RESA Score 42 Columbia Middle School; Instructional Capacity 650 Students; Proposed Rezoned Enrollment 660 Students; RESA Score 55
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