Valdosta Daily Times

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February 8, 2014

School redistricting: Attending the public hearings

-- — Valdosta parents have an opportunity to learn more and air their views in a series of coming meetings on the possibility of redistricting the city’s elementary schools.

The Valdosta City Schools System is weighing the option of redistricting to balance overcrowding in some elementary schools while others seem under-populated.

School officials reported the following occupancy and capacity numbers this past week: J.L. Lomax, 589 (built to house 800); S.L. Mason, 881 (built to house 1,125); Sallas Mahone, 1,103 (originally built to house 800 added 24 additional classrooms in 2008 when fourth and fifth grades were added); Pinevale: 425 (built to house 800); W.G. Nunn: 1,305 (built to house 1,125).

As The Times reported last week, Sallas Mahone, S.L. Mason, W.G. Nunn, J.L. Lomax and the new Pinevale elementary schools’ students will be impacted by the redistricting. Valdosta City Schools has experienced an increase in enrollment and the need to redistrict is directly related to the enrollment numbers and the opening of the new Pinevale Elementary School.

If approved, redistricting will take effect during the coming 2014-15 academic year.

The scheduled public hearings will give parents with children in these schools a chance to shape the nature of redistricting, or to voice opposition to redistricting.

These public hearings are scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, Sallas Mahone Elementary School gymnasium; 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, J.L. Lomax Elementary School gymnasium; 7 p.m. Thursday, March 13, S.L. Mason Elementary School gymnasium; 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, W.G. Nunn Elementary School gymnasium.

If you have children in these schools or will have children in these schools, these meetings are the time to raise concerns and learn more about how redistricting will be handled.

Don’t wait to raise concerns after the Valdosta Board of Education has already made a decision. Help shape the decision now.

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