Valdosta Daily Times

March 12, 2014

Voice your opinion


The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Voices have been heard, concerns raised, opinions considered and a map created that may shape how Valdosta City Schools will redistrict its elementary schools for the 2014-15 academic year.

Though a map and new lines have been drawn that doesn’t mean they are set in stone.

At 7 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at S.L. Mason Elementary School, and again at 7 p.m., March 18, W.G. Nunn Elementary School, city school officials will present and discuss the redistricting plan. In addition to offering parents and concerned citizens the opportunity to learn more about the proposed redistricting, the meetings will offer another opportunity to shape the debate and possibly the shape of the new school districts.

Valdosta City Schools has proposed redistricting to balance overcrowding in some elementary schools while others seem under-populated. 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.

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.

The proposal is available on the Valdosta City Schools’ website. Parents can offer comments by sending an email to vboe@gocats.org through March 20.

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