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Meeting on suggested attendance line changes scheduled for parents of Sangaree 8th-12th grade students

Published Friday, January 18, 2018

Photo from the January 17, 2019 attendance line meeting at Devon Forest Elementary

Those attending the informal meeting will have an opportunity to view the proposed changes and share concerns with school board members and school district administrators. This photo was taken during the January 17 meeting at Devon Forest Elementary. (BCSD photo)

Berkeley County School District will soon host the second of several community discussions focused on proposed school attendance line changes.

This second informal meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on January 31 at Sangaree Middle, and it will be specifically for the parents of high school students living in the Sangree area and enrolled at Cane Bay High, along with the parents of current 8th grade students at Sangaree Middle.

Suggested changes to school boundary lines for Cane Bay schools were mentioned during the December quarterly update on the master facility and growth plan presented by consultant Dr. Tony Parker of Harding, Parker and Associates. During that meeting, Dr. Parker suggested a change in attendance lines that would rezone some students at Sangaree Middle for Stratford High.

Dr. Parker described changing attendance lines in that area as a "short term fix" to a long-term challenge the board and school district face with about 1,000 new students attending Berkeley County schools each year. While the suggestion to change attendance lines was among a handful of short-range, mid-range and long-range suggestions, Parker referred to the option as the "immediate challenge."

Berkeley County Board of Education members now considering attendance line changes stress the importance of community feedback. Those living in the Sangaree area of the county with 8th-graders currently enrolled at Sangaree Middle or high school students currently enrolled at Cane Bay High are encouraged to attend this meeting, hear the proposal and share their thoughts.

Additional information on suggestions provided to the board on responding to growth can be found in our December update.