BCSD looks at impact fees, redistricting to address growth

Tony Parker gives board members a facilities update Dec. 11.

Berkeley County School District will soon host the first of several community discussions focused on proposed school attendance line changes.

The first meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Jan. 17 at Devon Forest Elementary, and it will be specific to those living in the Carnes Crossroads area of Berkeley County.

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Suggested changes to school boundary lines for Cane Bay schools were mentioned during the quarterly update on the master facility and growth plan presented by consultant Tony Parker of Harding, Parker and Associates. During that December meeting, Parker suggested a change in attendance lines that would remove students in the Carnes Crossroads area from the Cane Bay feeder pattern and place them in Devon Forest Elementary, College Park Middle and Stratford High.

Parker described changing attendance lines in that area as a “short term fix” to a long-term challenge the board and school district face with about 1,000 new students attending Berkeley County schools each year. While the suggestion to change attendance lines was among a handful of short-range, mid-range and long-range suggestions, Parker referred to the option as the “immediate challenge.”

Berkeley County Board of Education members now considering attendance line changes stress the importance of community feedback. Those living in the Carnes Crossroads area of the county are encouraged to attend this meeting, hear the proposal and share their thoughts.

Additional information on suggestions provided to the board on responding to growth can be found in the district’s December update.