The Maury County school board delayed action Thursday on a rezoning plan after hearing from parents and relatives who had concerns. The board members voted to put the rezoning plan on the regular agenda for their March meeting.
“We would prefer not to rezone at all,” said School Board Chairman Shaw Daniels. “What we’re faced with is overcrowding in some schools.”
The school board said the rezoning plan will be left open to allow more time for study by the community.
“I want more time to get parent input,” said board member James Pennings.
The schools facing overcrowding are Whitthorne, Brown, Riverside. Children would be move to Howell, McDowell and Highland Park.
“These are the most important years of the development of kids,” said one parent. “Moving them from place to place isn’t good,” she said. A former teacher said the children are fragile at these early ages.
“You want get any argument from anyone here,” said Chairman Daniels.
“We’ve asked for suggestions to be submitted,” said Daniels.
Daniels said the plans are available at the school board, on line and schools for people to review the rezoning.
The rezoning plan that’s been drawn up is available to the public for review. Whitthorne Middle school will see 159 students moved to E.A.Cox. Students will also be transferred from Brown to Highland and Howell. Others would be moved from Riverside to McDowell Elementary school.
The plans affect more than 200 students. The rezoning plan will be made public and the maps will be on display.