Houston schools’ rezoning plan tweaked

Changes are minor, only affect Perry area

jmink@macon.comFebruary 3, 2014 

WARNER ROBINS -- While Houston County’s elementary school rezoning plan remains largely the same, officials tweaked some neighborhood zones after receiving community input, the district announced Monday.

The Perry area neighborhoods are the only ones affected under the revision. The biggest change is in the Southern Trace neighborhood area, where children will continue to attend Matt Arthur Elementary School instead of moving to Kings Chapel Elementary, said Stephen Thublin, assistant superintendent of business and finance.

Some Matt Arthur students still will be rezoned into other schools to reduce crowding. But board members agreed with parents from the Southern Trace neighborhood, who argued that they live too close to Matt Arthur to send their children to another school, Thublin said.

Other Perry zones received minor tweaks, but the overall rezoning plan -- which goes into effect next academic year -- is unchanged.

“It wasn’t a lot of adjustments,” Thublin said.

The same schools will be affected. The new Langston Road Elementary School in Perry will have students from different schools, and the zone changes affect Matt Arthur, Kings Chapel, Morningside, Tucker elementary and Perry Primary schools. The Linwood and Pearl Stephens elementary zones in Warner Robins will combine, with prekindergarten through second grade at C.B. Watson Primary School and third- through fifth-grade at the new Pearl Stephens Elementary School.

Additionally, Russell Elementary School students in the Booth Road area will be rezoned to Pearl Stephens and C.B. Watson. This will alleviate crowding at Russell, officials say.

The Board of Education will vote on the zone changes during its regular meeting, which is 1 p.m. Feb. 11 at the board office in Perry. The revised proposal can be viewed at www.hcbe.net. The current zones are represented by different colors, and the proposed zones are outlined in red, according to a news release.

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