NHCS Board returns to debate over redistricting

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – Parents and students ending the 2017-2018 school year still wait what 2019 holds for the school redistricting. That’s because school board members have to make a decision to re-district.

A decision they do not seem to be any closer to after another workshop Monday.

“Do you have an issue with current capacity? And the answer to that is yes you do,” said school superintendent Dr. Tim Markley to the board beginning their workshop.

The school board tabled a decision on redistricting High Schools in February and delayed it to happen in 2019.

“With what we were looking at with the variables and with the exemption of senior privilege, junior privilege, sibling privilege, we really weren’t moving that many students,” said School Board vice chair Jeanette Nichols.

Nichols says this workshop placed more information and capacity projections in front of the board. Superintendent Markley also using it to send a clear message: a decision needs to come soon.

“We need to do something at the middle school,” said Dr. Markley. “I think we’ve agreed that we generally will wait, we’ve got construction so we’ve got to do construction before we start doing that.”

That construction will put more student in mobile units. Markely reported there are nearly 80 units used county-wide that equal the capacity of two schools. He added that several of them date back to the late 1960’s. He said the average life of all of them is roughly 20 years.

Nichols hopes come their next workshop, parents will have the answers they need.

“These parents need to know as soon as, they need to know a timeline of, we know when we’re going to have to redistrict for the elementary schools, but what are we going to do for the middle school and high school?”

Dr. Markley requested the board set a timeline at their May workshop.

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