The latter half of the Hall County school board meeting Monday night at Flowery Branch High School focused on where the lines will be made regarding elementary schools in the southern part of the district.
“One of my least favorite tasks is redistricting. I get headaches a year ahead of time because I know the emotion people have when it comes to moving the most precious thing you have on this planet,” said Hall County Schools Superintendent Will Schofield.
With the explosive growth near Spout Springs Elementary School over the last five or six years, the discussion centered on what areas might move into the district for Friendship Elementary School and Chestnut Mountain Elementary School.
“We have not had the explosive Gwinnettian growth or Forsyth growth, as you will, up to this point, because we’ve had tremendous opportunities over the years to allow for some grandfathering,” Schofield said.
The current plan as detailed at the Monday meeting included moving sections on the Interstate 985 corridor to Friendship, with the area east of Reunion to move to Chestnut Mountain.
In both sections, Schofield said there were roughly 80 to 120 students to possibly move in either area. The goal for the school board, he said, is to keep the zones compact and to avoid separating neighborhoods.
No road names are set in stone, Schofield said, and the hope is to get the plan in action sooner rather than later.
A handful of parents gave a public comment to the school board during the input section of the evening.
Mother DJ Kirkaldy urged the school board to allow her kindergartener the ability to grandfather in and stay with the same school.
“For me to open that car door and let that boy go to somebody I trust, that's a big deal,” she said.