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Another chance to weigh in on NHC redistricting

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NEW HANOVER CO., NC (WECT) - New Hanover Co. School Board members are trying to fill the new Holly Shelter Middle School which is slated to open next year in the Castle Hayne area.  In order to do that, they'll have to move some students to new schools.

"I think children aren't as resistant to changes as adults," said school board member Elizabeth Redenbaugh. "And I think you'll see them do well."

Some board members are proposing to move some of the students who are in the school system's free or reduced lunch program to other schools for a better education.

"There is a truck load of data that shows us that once our free and reduced lunch population goes over fifty percent, that those schools have a less likely chance of meeting state averages in reading and math," said Redenbaugh.

Parents like Wendy Browning agree with the idea.

"I'd like to see some socio-economic balance amongst the schools," said Browning.  "While we are moving kids, it would be nice to set up the situation where no school is overwhelmingly high poverty."

At the end of the day, board members narrowed down a couple of redistricting maps that they'll consider at another time.

Board members have until February to make a final decision. They will hold another public forum January 7.

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