New Hanover Board of Education discusses redistricting

New Hanover Board of Education discusses redistricting

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - While Wilmington's growth is a boon for the area, the New Hanover County school system is feeling the repercussions of change.

The NHC Board of Education met Tuesday to discuss redistricting of the middle and high schools in the area.

Middle schools are feeling the most overcrowding with some schools having to put classes in their media centers.

Board members say they are aware of the emotional impact on students who change schools, so they discussed ways for certain students to stay in their original district such as senior privilege and sibling privilege.

Board of Education Chairman Ed Higgins spoke about how privileges would work.

"With senior privilege, we have a fairly consistent policy — not written policy — but policy that we have followed," Higgins said. "We do allow seniors who have been at a high school for their last three years to stay in that high school if they were redistricted."

Higgins says redistricting is a challenging task. The board understands the need to balance the overcrowded areas but board members also recognize the toll it can take on students and parents.

Higgins encourages parents to attend forums and express their support or disagreement with a decision.

The next open forum is in September. If you would like to submit an opinion on online, click here and find the public comments form.

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