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Some South Hall County elementary schools may be rezoned
Spout Springs overflowing with students, though no timetable set for move
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Michelle Grimes, a first-grade teacher at Spout Springs Elementary School in Flowery Branch, talks with students Carson Peacock and Brecken Shatzel on Thursday as she walks them out to get on the bus. Hall schools will begin the process of redistricting at the elementary level because Spout Springs is over capacity and several other schools are under capacity. - photo by Erin O. Smith

Families with students zoned for Spout Springs Elementary in the southern part of Hall County may eventually be rezoned.

The Hall County School District is in the early stages of redistricting some elementary schools, according to Superintendent Will Schofield.

“We’ve talked about the potential for starting the process for some elementary redistricting in the south part of the county,” Schofield said. “We’ve got Spout Springs Elementary, which is becoming significantly over capacity. Two miles south, we have Friendship Elementary, which is 200 under capacity, and 5 or 6 miles to the north, Chestnut Mountain Elementary is 200 under capacity.”

Schofield said the district has no concrete timeline for when these changes would take place, and it is currently “in the gathering information stage.”

“We are going to start a process to get some information and look at some possibilities for moving some Spout Springs bodies north and south to better utilize our elementary space,” he said.

Principal Arlene Thomas said Spout Springs is a large school that has seen a great deal of growth over the years. The school currently holds more than 900 students, but Thomas said she believes her teachers and staff have adapted well.

“We do feel the growing pains,” she said. “With each new classroom, we look for space and we look at our resources. Scheduling sometimes is a challenge, but we’ve been able to adapt to that, and I feel as far as the instruction our children are receiving, our teachers are committed. They are committed to these children and give 100 percent every day.”

Berry Walton, principal at Friendship Elementary School, said his school does have the space to accommodate more students, and additional staff would eventually need to be added as enrollment increases.

Despite the growing need for more room at Spout Springs, Thomas said the faculty, staff and student body aren’t necessarily hampered by the large numbers.

“I just feel like we see our students and our families, and this is our community,” Thomas said. “I don’t feel like this is something that we feel burdened with, this is just our school and our community. We’re like a family.”