Houston approves new school zones

wcrenshaw@macon.comFebruary 11, 2014 

PERRY -- The Houston County Board of Education approved two school rezoning plans Tuesday with only one slight change.

In separate votes, the board approved a plan for Perry-area elementary schools and another plan that impacts Russell Elementary, Pearl Stephens Elementary and C.B. Watson Primary in Warner Robins.

The only change from the latest versions that had been posted on the school system’s website involved the Perry-area plan. The plan called for students south of Perry from Elko Road to Interstate 75 to start going to Tucker Elementary, but the change approved Tuesday will keep those students at Kings Chapel Elementary.

Superintendent Robin Hines said rezoning is always a difficult process.

“Whenever you go into a rezoning project, you know ahead of time that you are not going to make everyone happy,” he said. “Wherever you draw the line, someone is going to be on the other side of that line.”

School board member Dave McMahan had a similar view.

“It has been a learning process, a growing process,” he said. “We can’t make everybody happy, but it’s the best we can do.”

The rezoning plans will go into effect at the start of the next school year. The change is largely driven by the opening of C.B. Watson Primary in Warner Robins and Langston Road Elementary in Perry.

Both of the plans were approved by a unanimous vote. The school board had public input on the plans and previously made minor tweaks.

The new districts can be viewed at www.hcbe.net.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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