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BOE reviews plans for redistricting
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Forsyth County News

The Forsyth County Board of Education reviewed plans for redistricting for the 2014-15 school year during a meeting Thursday night.

At the elementary school level, the plan will relieve crowding at Daves Creek, Midway, Settles Bridge, Shiloh Point and Whitlow. The impact also will be felt at many other elementary schools that will be picking up additional students.

Middle school redistricting will ease crowding at Otwell, Piney Grove and Riverwatch, but impact Lakeside, Little Mill and South Forsyth.

Associate Superintendent Joey Pirkle said there is no intent at this point to adjust high school lines, though “when you start redistricting, you never say never.”

Also Thursday, the school board discussed:

* The 2014-15 school year calendar. Feedback will be collected from local school councils beginning mid-September, with an initial plan presented to the board in October. Parents will have from Oct. 11 to Nov. 1 to comment on the calendar before a final vote Nov. 21.

* Enrollment growth. During the 2007-08 school year, enrollment grew by more than 6 percent from the previous year. However, the system’s growth rate had dropped to 3 percent by the 2011-12 school year.

Growth — about 1,400 students and climbing — has topped 3 percent this year and isn’t finished. Officials anticipate the system will add as many as 600 more students by the end of the school year.

So far, it has welcomed 4,864 new students, including nearly 2,600 kindergarteners and 1,101 elementary children.