Richmond County School System prepares for Cherry Tree demolition

By: Hope Jensen Email
By: Hope Jensen Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- With the news of Cherry Tree's demolition, the Richmond County School System will have to deal with its own set of challenges.

As each family moves, almost every child will also be moving schools, many in the middle of the school year.

"I've got five of them here, and I've got two 5, 6 and 7 and 8," said mother Debbie Davis.

She and her family live in Cherry Tree crossing. Right now, her kids go to Collins Elementary, but soon that will change.

"After these 90 days, then you've got to transfer them to another school, so it might be hard for them to catch up on their work," Davis said. "With this move, it might be different and kind of hard to get the kids situated in the school."

For students like Ty Lyons, who attends Josey High School, the move will be difficult.

"I'm not going to be with any of my friends any more," he said.

But Richmond County school leaders say they've been planning for this.

"We were involved in the discussion early on," said Dr. Frank Roberson.

Roberson says it will be a logistical challenge with terrible timing.

"That's not the opportune time for it to happen, but if it happens, we'll have to address it," Roberson said.

He says though overcrowding is a possibility, they'll do everything they can to make sure each school is ready.

"Naturally, when there's a decline, it means that there may be some adjustments made in the faculty and staff to even out those particular dynamics," Roberson said.

As for staying in their own schools until the end of the year, Roberson says, "We'll have to look at that possibility, and of course, the logistics of transportation would have to be a major issue we would have to look at and work that out."

The good news is the curriculum is the same.

"It is standard, so there should not be a tremendous loss in learning opportunities as students move from one place to another," Roberson said.

Though Davis says it could be a tough transition for her kids, she says the school zone will help make her decision.

"I'm not going to move to a place unless they have a better school," she said.

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