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Beaufort County School District unveils first proposal for new attendance zones


The Beaufort County District held its first of three meetings regarding the new attendance zones at Okatie Elementary School.

Dr. Jeffrey Moss presented Plan A on Monday to the school board and the public.  

With two new schools being built in Bluffton, and changes coming to the elementary schools north of the broad, you may be able to see why redrawing the attendance zones is necessary.

Under Plan A, redrawing the attendance lines would reduce the capacity level for most of the schools.

In northern Beaufort County, where the elementary schools will take on grades K-5 starting August 2014, Plan A would keep Coosa Elementary from going past 120% capacity by zoning some of the students to Lady's Island and St. Helena Elementary.

South of the broad, both Bluffton and HE McCracken Middle will become grades 6-8 schools.

With the two new schools being built, Dr. Moss says the new zones for all Bluffton area schools will better balance demographics and enrollment capacity.

Some folks who live in the Moss Creek area are not happy the proposed attendance zones would move them back towards Bluffton, away from their community.

"The new Riverside High School, they're putting us in that zone and that's approximately three times the travel to get to that high school from Moss Creek than it is from Moss Creek Plantation to get to Hilton Head High School. I just think it's asking a lot for our kids, the time and the money, for us to continue to help our kids get an education," said Moss Creek resident Billy Gray.  

The proposed attendance zones only take into account students who already live in those areas, not any transfer students.

The next two meetings will take place on Jan. 23 and 30 at the same time and place.

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