School board members pleased with Fort Mill rezoning plan

rsouthmayd@heraldonline.comOctober 23, 2013 

— Power now rests with the Fort Mill school board to determine the district’s new elementary attendance zones.

The initial proposal, which expands the district’s zone count from seven to nine to accommodate two new schools and a rapidly expanding population, was modified slightly Tuesday night by district Superintendent Chuck Epps after two weeks of public comment.

And at least two school board members think the new plan looks good and addresses concerns raised by the community.

The initial proposal had been a “good place to start,” said board chairman Patrick White, but the changes suggested were logical.

“Sure, people aren’t happy, but when you look at the master plan for all 11,700 kids, I think the recommendations Dr. Epps made (Tuesday) night were a pretty good plan,” White said on Wednesday.

Parents in several neighborhoods are still upset about their assignments, White said, but the wishes of every single person can’t be accommodated.

“We’re truly looking at it as a master plan for nine elementary zones, and it’s hard to make a change in one without affecting all the others,” he said.

Fellow board member Diane Dasher said she found Epps’ recommendations “fair.”

“I thought it was a well-thought-out recommendation,” she said. “It took in all kinds of angles to be considered.”

On Nov. 5, the board will vote to accept or reject Epps’s latest plan. White said he doesn’t anticipate the board making any huge changes to that plan, although community members can still offer the district feedback.

Rachel Southmayd •  803-329-4072

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