WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) – Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley presented several options to deal with overcrowding at Wrightsville Beach Elementary School; this comes as the district investigates claims that some provided false addresses to attend the school.
Dr. Rick Holliday, the district's assistant superintendent, confirmed that the district is reviewing the addresses of 30 students, following complaints that some were lying to keep their children enrolled in the elementary school.
The school district has sent about 10 letters to parents asking them to provide additional proof of residence; if they cannot provide more proof, they have been given a date to report to a new school. Holliday would not provide further details, citing privacy concerns.
At the school board meeting Tuesday night, Dr. Markley laid out several options to solve the overcrowding issue at the school.
Those options include the following:
-Placing two mobile units at WBES
-Placing four mobile units at Bradley Creek Elementary School and move students from the Airlie Road area to BCES
- Placing four mobile units at Bradley Creek Elementary School and redistrict in another way to move some students to BCES
-Placing four mobile units at BCES and move kindergarteners who don't live on the island to that school
-Delay any action by requesting that the school continue to use Wrightsville Baptist Church on the island for classes
-Redistrict multiple schools (Bradley Creek, College Park, Freeman, Ogden and Wrightsville Beach) and move students to Gregory
Some board members talked about the possibility of building a school on the site of the old Galleria shopping center on Wrightsville Avenue as a long-term solution to help deal with the growth in the area.
Board members are planning to attend a March 14th meeting of the Wrightsville Beach Alderman in hopes of getting an extension that will allow the district to continue to use a nearby church for classes for some students.
Board members are expected to make a decision on what to do about the overcrowding issue on March 19.
Concerned parents filled the meeting, wearing white to show their solidarity for the school. Parents have said they don't want to see any child removed from the school and have even suggested raising private money to prevent the school district from moving students.
Amie Jones said it is a tight-knit group, which is why they're fighting to make sure no student is removed from the school.
"Everybody volunteers," she said. "We have the most volunteer hours of any school, so we are always there together. We do everything together. Our children do everything together."
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