(WMC-TV) – A proposed rezoning plan for the Shelby County School District could happen with the help of an often critical Shelby County Commissioner.
The district held its first of several community meetings concerning rezoning Monday night.
"I fought for municipal schools," said commissioner Terry Roland.
But Roland says constituents in unincorporated areas deserve attention, too.
"Their children are just as important," he said.
Roland was among dozens of people who packed the bleachers at E.E. Jeter Elementary to hear the district's rezoning plan.
"The proposal includes the possibility of Jeter becoming a K through 8 school," said SCS planner Denise Sharpe.
The crowd applauded the plan to not only convert Jeter but to make nearby Woodstock a high school again, where Charlotte T. Smith was among the last graduating class more than 40 years ago.
"Those who went to Woodstock High School would be elated that it would become a high school again," said Smith.
The changes are just a couple planned district-wide in response to the formation of municipal school districts; the results will impact students who live outside of those suburban cities, many of which still plan to allow open enrollment.
"They still have the option. They can go to the suburban school if they want to or stay here in their neighborhood school," said Roland.
The public's input in these meetings could help Superintendent Dorsey Hopson prepare final recommendations for the Board of Education, but first school leaders have a few problems to work out.
One of the problems is that they do not know how many students will definitely return next semester.
The other community meetings have not been announced.
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