Superintendent: Zoning, grades won’t change next year at Moncks area elementaries

Berkeley County School District Rodney Thompson

The grade configurations and attenance zones for Moncks Corner area elementary schools will not change next year, Berkeley County Superintendent Rodney Thompson said Tuesday.

The district has also canceled a Thursday drop-in that was planned to inform families about the proposed changes.

In December, district officials said they were considering shifting attendance zones at several elementary schools to alleviate overcrowding and create an attendance zone for Nexton Elementary, which is set to open in August.

The proposal included changes to attendance lines for Berkeley Elementary, Berkeley Intermediate and Whitesville Elementary schools, and changing the configuration of Berkeley Elementary and Berkeley Intermediate to kindergarten to fifth grade schools. Now, the elementary school houses kindergarten through second grade and the intermediate school has third through fifth grades.

Residents were not happy about the proposal, Thompson said.

“One of the main questions that I got was, ‘Why are you dividing the community?’ ” Thompson said. “After deliberating with my staff, and meeting with the faculty and staff at each school and talking with community members, I think it would be less intrusive to many of our students if we wait until we have a concrete opening date for the Foxbank area school before making a recommendation to split the schools.”

The changes, which also include moving fifth-graders from Cane Bay Middle to Cane Bay Elementary, will now be considered for the 2016-2017 school year, according to the district.

The new elementary school in the Foxbank area is tentatively scheduled to open in August 2018. It will be the last new school to open as a result of the $198 million building campaign approved by voters in 2012.

Proposed attendance lines for Cane Bay Elementary, Sangaree Elementary, Nexton Elementary, Sangaree Intermediate and College Park Elementary are still being considered and will be decided by the school board at an upcoming meeting.

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