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School Rezoning Plan Upsets Some West Chatham Co. Parents

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Plans to fix school overcrowding in West Chatham County are in the works but some parents aren't on board with the proposed rezoning plans. Changes would impact some students at Godley Station K-8, Port Wentworth Elementary, and Mercer Middle School.

The school district held the first community input meeting on Monday at Godley Station. Some of the parents News 3 spoke with don't want to play a game of leapfrog, changing their student from one school next year, to another in 2015.

Godley Station parent, Audra Carpenter, is used to picking up and starting in a new place but is not in favor of this plan for her daughter.

"We are military and we understand there is a lot of movement with us but three schools in three years is a lot even for a military family who moves around," said Carpenter.

Carpenter lives in an area marked for rezoning which will move around 500 students from Godley Station to what is currently the Port Wentworth Elementary next year. Students would then move to the new North Port Wentworth K-8 in 2015.

"It makes her environment unstable. The learning and education is not going to be where it could be if she could stay here just even another year until they have the new school built," said Carpenter.

School Board President, Dr. Joe Buck, said he expected the backlash over the proposal.

"When you redistrict, rezone, it's the thing that's the single most concerning thing for parents always," said Dr. Buck.

The rezoning plan is not set in stone and Dr. Buck said it could change with parent feedback.

"The difficult thing to me is parents just say we don't like it, I would much rather parents give me some alternative that they would like to see us try," said Dr. Buck.

Godley Station parent, Tonya Booth, had a few suggestions for the proposal.

"They can start the new school and they can be building it before time, they don't have to spend all this money for a temporary fix, they could build on to this school because Godley Station is going to need more room," said Booth.

Families said it will be hard to leave a school they love so much.

"I just like the staff here, I like the friends my daughter has made, and the friends I have made through the school as well," said Carpenter.

There are two more chances for parents to voice their concern.

November 19: Port Wentworth Elementary, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

November 21: Mercer Middle School, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

You can click here to see the proposed rezoning plan: http://internet.savannah.chatham.k12.ga.us/Lists/Announcements/Attachments/609/ProposedWestSideAttendanceZonesFacReconfig.pdf

The school board is expected to make a decision on the proposal in December.

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