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Old 10-01-2013, 09:30 PM
 
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On Tuesday, October 8th, the district’s outside consultant, Dr. Dale Holden, will unveil the proposals for new elementary attendance area assignments, starting with the 2014-2015 school year. The meeting will be held at Nation Ford High School in the multi-purpose room, starting at 7:00pm.

You are invited to this informational session or to view the information on-line on October 8th where you’ll learn the rationale behind the proposals. As you know, the school district is opening two new elementary schools next year, Tega Cay and Doby’s Bridge Elementary. Modifications to current elementary attendance areas are necessary in order to populate these two new schools. It’s important to note that middle and high school attendance areas remain unchanged.

All maps and presentation materials will be posted on the district’s website immediately following the October 8th meeting. Each elementary school, as well as the district office, will have maps on display for closer viewing.

Collecting community feedback is an important part of the overall process. For your convenience, an on-line feedback link will be posted on the district website. Additionally, feedback cards will be available at the community meeting and at all elementary school locations the day after the meeting.

We hope to see you on October 8th at Nation Ford High School at 7:00pm.
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Old 10-09-2013, 03:52 AM
 
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Default Proposal for New Elementary School Reassignment Lines

Link to Proposed Elementary School Reassignment Lines:

http://www.fort-mill.k12.sc.us/www/F...REA%20PLAN.pdf

More information regarding this matter can be found here:

Fort Mill School District - York 4 - ****Elementary Attendance Area Proposal for 2014-2015

Fort Mill Times article:

Baxter residents cheer new school zone plan

Baxter residents cheer new school zone plan | Fort Mill Times - Fort Mill, SC
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Old 10-09-2013, 05:27 AM
 
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The article is right, a higher F& R (free and reduced lunch rate) does mean less PTO participation and lest face it,that does hurt the school. How on earth can this school district think it is ok for one school to have 50% F& R, two schools to have 29% and the rest significantly lower??? Baxter has their own little nice enclave now with 5%. This does not seem fair at all and I have no idea why the "consultant" they hired did not think this was a factor????? The schools are not not all created equal.
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Old 10-09-2013, 09:29 AM
 
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The article is right, a higher F& R (free and reduced lunch rate) does mean less PTO participation and lest face it,that does hurt the school. How on earth can this school district think it is ok for one school to have 50% F& R, two schools to have 29% and the rest significantly lower??? Baxter has their own little nice enclave now with 5%. This does not seem fair at all and I have no idea why the "consultant" they hired did not think this was a factor????? The schools are not not all created equal.
I think that they were trying to preserve the neighborhoods as much as possible, by doing that you get the situation where some schools will have a higher % of lower income students. The only solution to that is having kids go to schools that aren't in their neighborhood and away from their kids that they live near.

It's a difficult situation to balance. We're moving to Regal Manor (Fallbrook) in the Spring and my son starts school in the fall of next year. I would be annoyed if they sent him to a school that was outside of our neighborhood. Not because of the make-up of the school, but because we're moving to a specific neighborhood so that our son makes friends and attends the same school as his neighborhood friends.

Parents (and their kids) shouldn't be penalized by the lack of participation of other parents in their kids activities. Balancing the number of "reduced price lunch" kids throughout the district would mean increasing travel time and lack of neighborhood cohesion.
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:05 AM
 
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There is always two sides to the coin isn't there?

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I have found the school district to be very receptive to the ideas of parents and have seen many changes that have gone forth due to that fact.

One reason many of us have moved to this area was due to the reputation of the FM school district. The least we can do is give back to it.

The state of SC, nor our local leaders seem to assist our school district as much as they could yet they have no problem singing the accolades of what this district is doing.

The reality is it's next to impossible to please every parent that has a child within the school district.....but that doesn't mean your voice can't be heard if you get involved.

Currently you can provide Online Feedback (see link below)

Fort Mill School District - York 4 - ****Elementary Attendance Area Proposal for 2014-2015
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