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Sangaree area attendance line proposal meeting set for February 28

Revised Wednesday, February 27, 2019

At the Tuesday, February 12, 2019 meeting of the Berkeley County Board of Education, discussion was again held on proposed school attendance line changes.

Following meetings with community members, the board had an opportunity to review feedback on early proposals. That feedback prompted BCSD board members and administrators to consider additional options.

A meeting regarding new proposals and guidelines for the board’s consideration will be held on Thursday, February 28 at 6 p.m. at Sangaree Middle. With new maps and proposals in hand, the board is again seeking feedback from community members who would be impacted.

This meeting is specifically for the parents of high school age students living in the Sangaree area. While the new options still look at moving Sangaree area high school students to Stratford High from Cane Bay, there are differences in where dividing lines are drawn.

Attendance line maps currently being considered/reviewed by the board can be viewed and downloaded at the links provided below. The board will also be seeking feedback on proposed attendance line guidelines, which are also posted below.

Per the request of community members, the board is expected to have a first reading at the special Feb. 28 meeting and vote on one of the attendance line boundary change suggestions and the guidelines, following feedback and discussion at that special meeting. It’s important to note that changes and/or amendments can be made between the two readings and before attendance line changes become final.

The special meeting will be in the style of other regular off-site board meetings. There will be at least one hour reserved for citizen comments, which will follow the format of citizen comments during regular board meetings. There will also be an agenda, which will include a presentation of the proposed attendance zones and other relevant information.

Cane Bay area attendance line proposals

Following board discussion at the regular meeting Tuesday, February 26, Option A, which was the first draft proposed to the community, is no longer being considered. The board will be seeking community feedback on Option B and Option C and is expected to have a first reading and vote at the special meeting on Thursday, February 28.

High school attendance line proposal B MAP (new proposal with different physical boundaries) –https://www.bcsdschools.net/cms/lib/SC01916775/Centricity/Domain/4/BCSD_Base_Adjust_CBHS_B_20190205.pdf

High school attendance line proposal C MAP (new proposal with different physical boundaries) - https://www.bcsdschools.net/cms/lib/SC01916775/Centricity/Domain/4/BCSD_Base_Adjust_CBHS_C_20190205.pdf

Proposed change of attendance line guidelines

All rising 10th-12th grade students in the modified attendance zone have the option to remain at Cane Bay High School or to transfer to Stratford High School. 

Rising 9th grade students in the modified attendance zone will attend Stratford High School beginning August 2019.

Exceptions
Rising 9th grade students who have established athletic eligibility/presence have the option to attend Cane Bay High School. 

Sibling Clause: Siblings residing in the same household that will attend high school in the same calendar year have the option to attend Cane Bay High if their older sibling remains a student there.

Transportation 
Though we would like to be able to provide transportation for students who make the choice to remain at Cane Bay High School, we do not have the resources to commit to that separate attendance zone transportation. The recommendation is that any student who meets the above criteria and chooses to remain at Cane Bay High would have to provide their own transportation. 

*Currently, we transport 362 students in the Sangaree area to Cane Bay High School. We are not confident that current transportation resources could be managed well by adding additional routes to transport students to two different high schools from the same attendance area.

**There may be other individual circumstances we learn about from our families, those can be handled by the administration on a case-by-case basis and/or through an attendance appeal to the board.