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NHC School Board selects final redistricting option

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WILMINGTON -- New Hanover County School Board Chair Don Hayes has said redistricting was never anything board members wanted to do. But, they had to since a new elementary school is being built in the northern part of the county. Hayes said they tried to balance schools as best they could. In a 5-2 vote Thursday night, the board selected the final redistricting option that will move 1,412 elementary school students for the 2009-2010 school year. "We're trying to keep children as close to home as possible, we're trying to put additional resources in schools that need that and that's what the parents overwhelmingly wanted us to do," said Hayes. The largest number of students being moved from one school is 349, which will be moved from Wrightsboro Elementary to the new Castle Hayne school. For many parents, redistricting came down to being an issue of distance and safety. Blair Elementary School parent Renn Carroll said, "I have a very small little girl who will be going to kindergarten next year and was very concerned about her going so far, so us being able to stay at Blair, where we're comfortable, where we know the staff, letting her start kindergarten there, we're very, very excited about the decision." Nick Rhodes and Dorothy DeShields both voted against the option. DeShields said, "There's a group of children that I was concerned about, whose parents did not come, could not come, to the forums." DeShields supports busing and said she hoped to see more diversity in the final outcome. "Those children are in schools with high needs and the board had not addressed those needs," she said. She pointed out schools like Sunset, Johnson, Freeman, and Snipes, which are among the county elementary schools that have a high number of low-income students. Hayes admits the final plan creates some schools that have a higher percentage of students on free and reduced lunch than other schools, and said it's an issue the board will have to address. Resources, Title One money and additional money from the board will go to the schools that need the help, according to Hayes. The final plan also puts a cap on schools in the Ogden district. Children who live in any subdivisions that are built in the future will attend the new Castle Hayne school, not Blair or Ogden Elementary schools.
For a map and more information about the final redistricting option, please use the links below. Redistricting Map Elementary School Capacity

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DeShields says "Those children are in schools with high needs and the board had not addressed those needs," WHY NOT? Why doesn't each school have what it needs? It's the same school district pulling from the same funds; if Parsley has XY and Z, then if Snipes needs XY and Z, they should have it. What are you doing DeShields? Answer me! Why are there schools with high needs? Why aren't those needs addressed? This is not rhetorical. I want an answer. I want honest school board members to step up and answer.


MORE information on WHAT map was passed and a link to it...WOULD be nice. As far as DeShields...I can't figure out how she keeps getting re-elected.

After November 4th, you still wonder?

The same people who voted to hand the entire federal government over to the Socialists two weeks ago vote for DeShields, too.