CLOVER -- New attendance lines for Clover's six elementary schools have been set for the 2009-2010 school year, despite some complaints from parents.
The Clover school board unanimously approved new attendance lines Monday night for the coming school year when the newly named Larne Elementary School opens off U.S. 321.
The board agreed any public comments to improve the attendance lines still would be accepted.
"We have struggled with this for many hours at great pain," said board chairman Steve Brown. "We do not take this lightly."
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About 100 people showed up for Monday's meeting on the attendance lines and to hear the district's plan on where to place middle school students on the western side of the district beginning next year. Several parents approved of the new district lines, though one neighborhood was represented by many residents who did not.
"They looked at the easy fixes," said James Grabowski, who said the board drew the new lines to make up for building the new elementary school in the wrong location.
Grabowski, along with several other residents who live off Campbell Road, were displeased with having to move their children from Bethel Elementary to Griggs Road Elementary.
Keith Smith, a resident of Vander Lakes, said his community brought possible solutions to the board that were misunderstood as simply a "passionate" response.
"I don't think any of us were questioning the motive of the board," Smith said. "I think they missed our point."
Superintendent Marc Sosne said in his entire career in education, he has not been part of a redistricting move without someone feeling left out or improperly placed.
"Any time you move students or recommend the movement of students, it becomes a very emotional issue," he said. "It is never the case that everyone is happy."
With the new attendance lines, the Bethany district changes slightly, and Crowders Creek remains the same. Bethel loses some of its students beginning at the Paraham Road/Stowe Road intersection and moving south from Paraham on the west to Kingsbury Road on the east. Kinard loses some of its southeastern base to Larne, but gains a little on the west side from Bethany. The western half of Griggs Road, including the Bowling Green community, is assigned to Larne.
"Regardless of what school you end up in, they're all good schools," said Windy Bartee, who appeared at her final board meeting after almost 24 years.
Though some parents might disagree with the lines, district leaders hope they will submit their concerns for review. Leaders take comfort, Sosne said, in knowing "that the schools they will be going to are as good as the schools they will be coming from."
The district hopes not to have to redistrict again until a new school is built within five years or so, believing they have "what we think will be the best for the most for the long run," Brown said.
"Wherever you end up, give it a chance," he said.