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Moncks Corner -- Berkeley County School Board decided Tuesday not to change the attendance zone when Cane Bay Middle School opens in August.

The lines will be the same as the attendance areas for Cane Bay elementary and high schools.

The scenario projects the school will have 461 students in its first year, which includes 250 students who currently are zoned for Berkeley Middle and 94 zoned for College Park Middle. Those students are in the Cane Bay zone for elementary and high school.

It also includes 117 students currently in fifth grade at Cane Bay Elementary.

Capacity at the school is 900.

The board looked at two other scenarios:

--Drawing the attendance line north of U.S. Highway 17 and east of Interstate 26 would add about 91 students from Sangaree Middle.

--Drawing the line north of U.S. 17 and including the students who live behind the Azalea Square shopping center would add 191 students from Sangaree Middle.

Superintendent Rodney Thompson said those plans would make for cleaner attendance lines, but he recommended not changing the lines because the district is eying other building and renovation projects that could affect them in the future. "I think we should hold steady for a year and monitor the trends," he said. "Then, if we have to, we can move all the lines at once."

Sangaree Middle can hold 850 students and currently has 747, but is growing at a rate of about 50 students per year. Cane Bay Middle's enrollment will increase the second and third year even if the lines stay the same because of the addition of Cane Bay Elementary students each year.

The board agreed to take Thompson's advice. A vote was not needed because the lines were not changed.

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