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Pickens Co. School Board approves changes to attendance lines at elementary schools

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EASLEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Pickens County School Board voted on Monday to make changes to the attendance lines for elementary schools in the Easley area.

The proposed changes were drawn based on 10-year enrollment projections created by an independent firm.

The motion was passed unanimously at Monday's board meeting.

“I believe this plan will serve the Easley community well in the coming years,” said Dr. Danny Merck, SDPC superintendent. “It should help us serve all of our students without the need to expand facilities, and hopefully it will also make commutes and bus routes more convenient. Our focus from now until the start of next school year will be to make the transition as smooth as possible for families in the rezoned areas.”

The changes, officials said, will aim to meet the following goals:

  • to use school facilities more efficiently based on projected attendance and available space (East End Elementary is above recommended capacity, and its student population is projected to grow over the next five years, while Crosswell Elementary, Forest Acres Elementary, and West End Elementary all have capacity for greater enrollment);
  • to improve car and bus transportation routes within school zones;
  • to improve attendance;
  • and to increase space for students to choice in to the upcoming McKissick Academy of Science & Technology from outside the McKissick attendance zone.

Middle school and high school attendance patterns would not be changed by any of the proposals, the school district stated.

The changes will go into effect starting at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year.

“In the next few days, we will be sending a letter to every Easley elementary parent to let them know how their address is affected by rezoning, if at all,” Merck said.

Below is a map of current attendance lines, maps of the proposed changes, and other data concerning the proposals.

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