Tempers Flare at Redistricting Forum
Several parents spoke during Thursday's forum at East Paulding High to address their concerns over the proposed middle school attendance zone maps.
Parents gave Paulding County Schools staff members a lot to think about Thursday at a public forum aimed at getting feedback on the proposed middle school redistricting maps, the latest of which were released Tuesday. The new maps are attached to this article in PDF form.
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The school system is going through the redistricting process with its middle schools as officials prepare to open this fall a ninth middle school. Redistricting is being utilized to fill the new school and relieve overcrowding in some of the district’s existing middle schools.
Thursday’s public forum at East Paulding High School was the third such opportunity for school stakeholders to learn about redistricting and where the system stands with it. At the forum, parents were presented with copies of the proposed school attendance maps and a PowerPoint presentation on the redistricting topic; the presentation is attached to this article in PDF form.
Several parents spoke during the forum to address their concerns, such as where their students would be moved, bus routes involved in the new school placements and the schools’ attendance boundaries.
See highlights of the forum in the attached video feature.
Remaining unchanged from the initial redistricting proposal released in December are the attendance zones of four middle schools—Austin, Hershel Jones, Scoggins and South Paulding. Those four schools remain unaffected by the redistricting process. The middle schools slated to be affected are Dobbins, East Paulding, McClure and Moses.
Officials are set to take feedback from Thursday’s forum and communications made through the district’s website as they craft final versions of the attendance maps, which will be present to county school board members at their Feb. 14 meeting.