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Rezoning plan could mean new schools for thousands of students

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The school board wants to make sure everyone is well informed. The school board wants to make sure everyone is well informed.
District officials admitted during a meeting Tuesday involving parents at Woodstock Middle School that the rezoning plan is not clean cut. District officials admitted during a meeting Tuesday involving parents at Woodstock Middle School that the rezoning plan is not clean cut.
It is particularly complicated in areas adjacent to suburbs, like Bartlett where kids in unincorporated areas have attended schools that will soon to be part of municipal districts. It is particularly complicated in areas adjacent to suburbs, like Bartlett where kids in unincorporated areas have attended schools that will soon to be part of municipal districts.

(WMC-TV) - The Shelby County Schools rezoning plan could mean new schools for thousands of students.

Many parents remain unsure where their kids will go next school year, but there could be some short-term solutions thanks to the suburban school districts.

District officials admitted during a meeting Tuesday involving parents at Woodstock Middle School that the rezoning plan is not clean cut. It is particularly complicated in areas adjacent to suburbs, like Bartlett where kids in unincorporated areas have attended schools that will soon to be part of municipal districts.

Board member David Reaves suggested working with municipalities on a plan that could at least address attendance next school year.

Millington Municipal School Board Cody Childress says his district has the space.

"We don't have all of our numbers yet, but we do have space for extra students at this time," he said.

While the suburbs work to possibly recruit students, SCS planning director Denise Sharpe has a job to do, too.

"We're trying to be, to avoid as much disruption as possible," she said.

Woodstock Middle School may become a high school again under the current rezoning proposal. Many other possibilities are still up for discussion in SCS' preliminary rezoning plan.

"Those that went to Woodstock would be elated it would become a high school again," said alum Charlotte T. Smith, who graduated in the class of 1969.

Smith attended the district's first rezoning community meeting Monday night at nearby EE Jeter Elementary, but nostalgia is not behind the major changes. The adjustments follow the formation of municipal school districts, which will impact students in unincorporated areas of the county.

The school board wants to make sure everyone is well informed.

"And making sure we're just making smart decisions that can make as many people get satisfactory results as possible," said SCS board chairman Kevin Woods.

You can study the rezoning maps yourself by clicking here.

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