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Parents, students push to stay in schools close to home

New Hanover County will have a new middle school next year; Holly Shelter Middle School. But it requires shifting students around. The second of three public forums on redistricting took place Monday night at Noble Middle School. Parents who want to deliver a clear message to the New Hanover County School Board packed the gym. They want the board to select a neighborhood school option. “Would busing help individual children or will in just help spread statistics evenly throughout our school district,” asked Meredith Swanson. “More children and future generations would benefit from this investment. Please support neighborhood schools and switch gears to focus on increasing proficiency at all schools.” New Hanover County's seven middle schools are approximately 500 students over capacity. One of the current redistricting options has Ogden students being bussed to the new Holly Shelter Middle School in Castle Hayne. The final forum is Tuesday at Williston Middle School.

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Here's a novel idea. Instead

Here's a novel idea. Instead of bussing kids to far away areas, why don't they identify the schools that are overcrowded and build a new school in that area instead of out in the middle of nowhere?


CORRECTION: All 3 redistricting maps move Ogden to Holly Shelter Middle School. That's the problem. There are NO maps that will keep the Ogden Community at Nobel. ALL options will have our kids on buses before the sun comes up. We want a neighborhood option for Ogden!!!!

What do the Realtors think about this?

What do the Realtors think about this?

Neighborhood school option only

ATTENTION SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS , the people that attend these forums are also likely to vote ! A low voter turnout is usually typical for school board elections and a few more participants in the electoral process can sway the outcome. You may want to seriously consider the neighborhood option closely. Stop using our children as political pawns in order to generate favorable numbers. Government-run schools are marginally successful. They can not address all the ills that plague our declining society. That begins at homes were people value education , instill discipline and do not accept mediocrity.