New school means rezoning for Columbia County

By: Domonique Benn Email
By: Domonique Benn Email

January 4, 2007

EVANS, Ga.---A new elementary school in Columbia County will help with overcrowding. Tonight, the board of education is holding a public meeting for parents to get a look at the school rezoning.

No one expected all the growth in Grovetown. Grovetown Elementary principal Robert Boyd, Jr. has welcomed an additional 120 students into his school over the course of a year.

"You can go in any direction here and you will find new subdivisions," Boyd said.

Each year the student population grows at Grovetown Elementary, and each year the number of portables grows with it.

"We have a total of six portables that are being used," Boyd said. "In addition, I am using my art and music rooms as kindergarten rooms."

To help alleviate the overcrowding in some elementary schools, Columbia County is making room for another elementary school. About five schools will be affected, and it will have a major impact on Grovetown Elementary.

"We'll lose about 250 kids or something in that neighborhood," Boyd said.

With some parents already objecting, the issue now is who will be moved.

Elementary schools affected are Grovetown, North Harlem, Euchee Creek, Lewiston, and Brookwood.

The public forum to discuss the rezoning will be held at 7 o'clock tonight at Lewiston Elementary School, off of Hereford Farm Road.


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