• By Mercedes C Parham
  • Tuesday, February 13, 2018

School District to Host Public Forums for Spot Rezoning Plan


Muscogee County School District

2960 Macon Road Columbus, GA 31906

For Immediate Release
Mercedes Parham
Director of Communications and Open Records Officer
Office: (706) 748-2034
Fax: (706) 748-2036

Columbus, GA- After reviewing areas of concern with student enrollment numbers, building capacities, and the construction of the new Spencer High School, the District presented a draft proposal for spot rezoning to the School Board Monday, February 12. The proposal outlined which schools and neighborhoods would be impacted, potential shifts in enrollment, and provisions for specific groups of students. In preparation of final recommendations to be presented during the Board’s voting session in March, the District will host several public forums for the stakeholders who could be affected by the proposed rezoning plans.

The public forums will provide opportunities for parents, students, and community participants to review the current plans, ask questions, and give feedback to District leadership in advance of the voting session. The current plan includes zoning changes for specific neighborhoods currently assigned to Carver High, Dorothy Height Elementary, Double Churches Elementary, North Columbus Elementary, St. Mary’s Magnet Academy, and Spencer High schools.

The forums will address the concerns of specific neighborhoods and schools listed in the following schedule:

  • Thursday, February 22, 2018, 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Carver High School
Neighborhoods: Avalon Apartments, Holly Hills, and Mt. Vernon

Schools: Carver High and Spencer High

  • Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 6:00-7:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Magnet Academy
Neighborhoods: Bunker Hill and Washington Heights

Schools: Dorothy Height and St. Mary’s Magnet Academy

  • Thursday, March 1, 2018, 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Double Churches Elementary School
Neighborhoods: Heiferhorn, Timber Creek, and Twin Chapel

Schools: Double Churches Elementary and North Columbus Elementary

The primary objective of this initiative is to uphold the District’s commitment to make decisions that benefit student achievement, are fiscally responsible with an eye on return on investment, invest in stakeholders, and promote equity and access.

“The opening of the new William Henry Spencer High School and student enrollment patterns were the impetus for this rezoning proposal,” said Superintendent Dr. David Lewis. “For example, when North Columbus Elementary, Veterans Middle, and Northside High were constructed more than a decade ago, students were zoned to these schools from the Double Churches area. Since then, many homes and multi-family dwellings have been built in north Columbus and these schools are near or at capacity. Likewise, many of our students currently attending Dorothy Height Elementary and Carver High actually live closer to St. Mary’s Magnet Academy and the new Spencer High, respectively.”

The District consulted the City’s planning department, to review upcoming housing development projects, that could result in further enrollment shifts, prior to providing the plan to the Board during Monday’s work session.

“Now that the City’s planning department has substantiated our analysis, my staff and I look forward to presenting this spot rezoning proposal to the community as a common sense approach that will ultimately promote greater efficiency and educational effectiveness by returning students to schools in closer proximity to their neighborhoods, which will in turn ease transportation constraints and associated costs.”

Stakeholders should direct questions or concerns to the Office of Student Services, 706.748.2223.

The mission of the Muscogee County School District is to inspire and equip all students to achieve unlimited potential. For more information, please contact the Office of Communications at 706.748.2034 or communications@muscogee.k12.ga.us.

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