School redistricting issues in Brunswick County
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The opening of two new schools in Brunswick this fall means hundreds of students will have to move. The decision of whom to move where rests with the Brunswick County School Board. Maps are posted and lines are drawn. Preliminary maps were presented at Tuesday's school board meeting with three scenarios, each for filling Town Creek Elementary and Cedar Grove middle schools. Proposed maps for Town Creek Elementary could potentially impact students attending Lincoln, Bolivia, and Belville elementary schools. Belville may see the most impact. Five current middle schools could be involved in filling Cedar Grove Middle School, but most students will likely come from Shallotte. School board’s Scott Milligan said, "We are going to strive to get the best situation for everyone involved looking at transportation issues, making sure we are racially balanced and that our school attendance is equal." The board also addressed concerns about splitting up neighborhoods, and putting a strain on high schools in the future. Brunswick County Schools superintendent, Katie McGee said, "It's got to be long-term. Hopefully we won't have to redistrict a lot, but we'll need to look at where we are going to be as we also grow in the county." "Whatever decision the board makes, I'm sure there will be some who are not happy with it, but we are going to try and include all the factors," Milligan said. When everything is said and done, more than 1,000 students in the county could be changing schools. The board can still make changes to the redistricting plans before presenting them to parents at two public forums. The first workshop for Cedar Grove Middle School will take place January 27th at Supply Elementary school at 6:30 p.m. The session for Town Creek Elementary is set for the 28th at Leland Middle School at 6:30 p.m. After these forums, the board hopes to have redistricting plans ready by early March.

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