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Victory for neighborhood schools in New Hanover County

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The New Hanover County School Board has approved a middle school redistricting plan. It passed a revised version of option 2C was approved Thursday night. This puts an end to several months of debates, discussion and public forums. The school board was forced to redistrict because Holly Shelter Middle School is scheduled to open in August.

In a four to three vote Thursday night the New Hanover County School Board passed a redistricting plan that turns out to be a victory for supporters of neighborhood schools.

"I don’t feel like I cast the swing vote, but as chairman I did cast the tie-breaking vote," school board chair Ed Higgins said. "I was in favor of option 2C all along."

Taylor Jones has children who attend school in New Hanover County. He attended every redistricting forum the last 11 months. He supports the revised 2C option, but he says it’s not perfect.

"There are still some satellite districts within 2C," Jones said. "I wish they could have moved the satellites to make a true neighborhood school. It's unfortunate, but on the north end of town there will be some students who have to travel 13 miles to get to their school."

Board member Dorothy DeShields is disappointed with the redistricting outcome. She voted against the 2C plan along with board members Nick Rhodes and Elizabeth Redenbaugh. DeShields told WWAY NewsChannel3 that Williston, Virgo and the new Holly Shelter middle schools will have too many students on a free or reduced lunch plan with option 2C. She says it’ll be more than 60 percent at all three schools. She prefers a redistricting plan that would reflect more socio-economic diversity.

"It should have students from poor homes, median income homes and from rich homes and those children could feed on each other in a positive way," DeShields said. "When you separate you're almost segregating the schools."

For more information on middle school redistricting, visit the New Hanover County School Board's website.

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For the sake of our

For the sake of our children... YES!.

and..you are placing racism

and..you are placing racism on my statement..Look at what we are about to step in come next year.. we are separating blacks from whites..its called SEGREGATION..so your method is racist at its worst..looks like the good ole boys got what they wanted!!! I live in a GREAT neighborhood and I would gladly have my child bussed to create a social equality than to have a label put on them because they are the 2 blacks out of 20 blacks going to a school..its called BALANCE!!!!!!!

statitics are what they

statitics are what they are..you would rather your white child to go to an all white school?..we need to get this close minded thinking out of the public schools..go to a charter school..their white dominated..in fact, they are failing MISERABLY according to a national poll..NC Charter schools are 32 in the country..we need BALANCE in our schools..not all white here and all black there!

the word is THEY'RE not their

Your ignorance continues to entertain me. LOL

Equality said, "go to a charter school..their white dominated..in fact, they are failing MISERABLY according to a national poll.."

You not only seem to lack the understand for the words they're and their....but you lack reading comprehension as well.

NC Charter Schools are not ranked 32 in the nation based on performance. Matter of fact the recent "ranking" had NOTHING TO DO WITH THE SCHOOLS themselves---but the LEGISLATION THAT GOVERNS THEM.

In June 2009, the Alliance released A New Model Law For Supporting The Growth of High-Quality Public Charter Schools.

Soon after the release of the model law, lawmakers and advocates wanted to know how their existing CHARTER LAWS stack up against the model law.

The ranking was to know which states had the strongest laws, especially in the critical areas of authorizing, accountability, funding, and facilities.

I must have missed the part

I must have missed the part where all the African-American kids go to Williston or Virgo. Bussing in "wealthy" kids won't make the other kids smarter. Putting the best teachers at the schools with the most at-risk students is more likely to do that.

equality

Wouldn't it be great if all men were created equal, and not bussed due to the color of their skin? If all interviews were faceless - like Catholic confession (especially government jobs?)

Equality goes both ways, no discrimination, and no extra help either. You want out of the ghetto, then succeed. It's the American dream to do better than your parents, but no one is going to give it to you... especially the Democrats: they want you right where you are. They only have a job because you need them.

Dorthy DeShields is WRONG!!

Dorthy, "It should have students from poor homes, median income homes and from rich homes and those children could feed on each other in a positive way,"

Feed off each other?? I don't think so!! You really think Free-Lunch-Freddi will perform better if sitting next to Richy-Rich??

The ONLY thing that changes when you bus students around is the "spreading around" of poor performance. It doesn't change the fact that the students are STILL poorly performing.

How quickly we forget our TRUE HISTORY---Brown v. Board of Education was about attending the school CLOSEST TO YOUR HOME REGARDLESS of socioeconomic class or race.

"Feed off each other"????

Don't we already have enough people "feeding off us"??? There are enough leaches in our society tapping the system for everything and anything they can get. Can't there be just ONE THING that is earned through hard work and dedication, and not some sense of entitlement???!!

and yes lets start labeling

and yes lets start labeling the children too..thats why we have segrated schools now because of your close minded thinking..dont be shy..say what you really want to call Free Lunch Freddie

Boo Hoo

"It should have students from poor homes, median income homes and from rich homes and those children could feed on each other in a positive way," DeShields said. "When you separate you're almost segregating the schools."

Yes, and we should all get in a pile and hug. If we wanted to send our child to a downtown school we would live downtown. It is a hard lesson in life, one the dumbocrats seem to have a hard time grasping. Life isn't fair and because you sit little joe next to little deshawn won't make him do better in school.

Deshields would be all for

Deshields would be all for it. Moving the have and have nots together only creates problems. NHCS suck. Only in the south do we have these people with a complex about race/socio-economic differences. So what if the ghetto kids go to ghetto schools!

Huh...

DeShields used to TOUT how good the Wake County model was....well...they turned away from this baloney social diversity crap! BECAUSE IT DIDN'T WORK! Social diversity = punishing people because of WHO THEIR PARENTS ARE...if your white and middle to upper middle class...YOU MUST BE PUNISHED...that is the whole Socialism / Obama / DeShields way of thinking...

If you think your VOTES DON'T COUNT...this should show how important they really are!

Mrs. Redenbaugh needs to

Mrs. Redenbaugh needs to quit whinning and acting like a spoiled brat. She has done nothing except try to tear the School Board apart since she has been elected. In this case option 2c was the best choice and I am happy with the decision.