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Washington County Board of Education gets ball rolling on rezoning north part of county

Jessica Fuller • Updated Nov 8, 2018 at 10:19 PM

Students at four Washington County schools could be affected by a proposed rezoning of school boundaries in the north portion of the county. 

The rezoning would affect students at Ridgeview, Boones Creek, Gray and Sulphur Springs elementary schools. The plan was presented by board member Philip McLain at Thursday’s Washington County Board of Education meeting. The move would alleviate overcrowding at Ridgeview by ultimately moving 189 students from Ridgeview to the other three schools. 

McLain, the chairman of the board’s Planning Committee, said the idea was introduced in the Planning Committee’s meeting earlier this month. He added that the rezoning would be phased out over about seven years. 

Under the plan, students in the rezoning areas could opt to stay in their current schools, but the redistricted bus routes means that guardians would have to provide transportation to and from school. 

While the rezoning would add students to the new Boones Creek K-8 school, McLain said there will still be room for about 300 new students after the rezoning. 

Where students would move:

• 70 students from Ridgeview Elementary to Sulphur Springs Elementary.

• 44 students from Ridgeview Elementary to Boones Creek K-8.

• 75 students from Ridgeview Elementary to Gray Elementary.

• 18 students from Sulphur Springs Elementary to Boones Creek Elementary.

Student changes by the numbers: 
School net gain/loss of students
Ridgeview Elementary -189 students
Gray Elementary + 43 students
Sulphur Springs Elementary  + 52 students
Boones Creek Elementary  + 94 students 

The first reading for redistricting passed in a unanimous vote. The board will hold a town hall meeting on the matter some time in the future. 

Earlier in the meeting, the board approved Interim Director William Flanary’s 19-month contract as the director of schools. An amendment added to the contract before its passage lowered the previous $650 monthly car allowance to $400. Flanary will also receive raises alongside of systemwide teacher raises.

Flanary’s contract extends from Nov. 9 through June 30, 2020.

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