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Rezoning hearing for new elementary school this week

Posted: September 9, 2012 - 12:03am

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Parents can get their first glimpse Wednesday at the new school zones that will affect pupils attending some elementary schools in Columbia County.

The first of two public meetings addressing the rezoning of Bel Air, Evans and Martinez elementary schools is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Evans Elementary’s current location on Gibbs Road. The second meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at Bel Air Elementary on North Belair Road.

New boundary lines will be shown for Evans, Martinez and Greenbrier Elementary schools, according to a news release by the Columbia County school system.

The rezoning process was prompted by the scheduled opening of the new Evans Elementary School at the start of the 2013 school year.

Half the student population at Bel Air will move to the new Evans Elementary as pupils at Martinez move to Bel Air while their old school is being demolished.

A new Martinez Ele-mentary is expected to open in August 2014.

School officials will first show the new boundaries to members of the school board at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday during their regular meeting at the board of education auditorium on Hereford Farm Road.

Also opening in time for the next school year is Columbia Middle School
on William Few Parkway.

Pupils at Columbia, Evans and Grovetown middle schools will be re­distributed in preparation for the new school’s opening.

A rezoning hearing has been set for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at Columbia Middle’s current location on Columbia Road.

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