Columbia County BOE approves rezoning plan

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News 12 at 11, January 22, 2008

EVANS, Ga. --- The Columbia County Board of Education approving a middle school rezoning plan--- years in the making. All seven middle schools will be affected somehow. School board members asked parents, and out of 1,100 students who are being rezoned, the board only received 129 complaints against the rezoning plan.

"Well we can't please everybody. We're doing the best that we can for every child in Columbia County," Board of Education Vice Chairman, Roxanne Whitaker said.

The benefits--- getting rid of portable classrooms, relieving overcrowded schools, and balancing middle school enrollment. The board said this is the best way to meet every student's needs.

"It sounds real disruptive but it's not quite as bad as it sounds," Bill Diehl said.

But for Patricia Kissinger, the final decision hits home. Her son is a 7th grader at Greenbrier Middle School, and he'll be moving to Harlem Middle.

"They're moving him from almost the top school in Columbia County to one of the lowest schools and I don't see that as a benefit," Patricia Kissinger said.

Patricia said she called to find out how to keep her son at Greenbrier and she was told she had to move.

"It does not make since. I mean they're putting him all the way out in the other side of town to begin with. And Columbia Middle is only six or seven minutes from where I live right now and so they're sending him all the way to Harlem which is even further," Kissinger said.

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