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New school means attendance zone shift in Indian Land. This is how it may affect you

In this 2017 photo, Buford Elementary students Elijah Dixon, Dorianna Johnson and Lexan Melton lead a procession of graduating Lancaster seniors down the elementary school's halls. A new elementary school is coming to the Indian Land area of Lancaster County, which means new attendance zones.
In this 2017 photo, Buford Elementary students Elijah Dixon, Dorianna Johnson and Lexan Melton lead a procession of graduating Lancaster seniors down the elementary school's halls. A new elementary school is coming to the Indian Land area of Lancaster County, which means new attendance zones. Herald file photo

A new elementary school is coming to the Indian Land area, meaning some students will attend a different elementary school.

The Lancaster County School District presented potentially new attendance lines for Indian Land elementary school students to the school board Wednesday.

Voters approved in March a $199 million school bond that includes money for a new elementary school and high school in the fast-growing northern panhandle of Lancaster County.

Superintendent Gene Moore said in March that the elementary school – expected to serve about 970 students – will take about two years to complete. Plans call for adapting an existing school design.

A map of the proposed attendance zones is posted to the district’s website.

“We’ve worked hard to come up with attendance lines that are logical and help us manage growth as we open the new elementary school,” assistant superintendent Jonathan Phipps said in a prepared statement. “We welcome community input on the proposed lines as we move toward asking the board to approve them.”

The proposed attendance boundaries are as follows:

▪ Harrisburg Elementary: all homes and streets north of S.C. 160 to the state line

▪ Indian Land Elementary: all homes from the south side of S.C. 160 to the area north of Jim Wilson Road

▪ New elementary school: all homes from just north of Jim Wilson Road to the north side of S.C. 5 (Rock Hill Hwy.).

▪  Transportation director Bryan Vaughn will post the proposed attendance line map in Indian Land schools for parents to view and is available for questions, according to the school district.

▪ The district will consider any feedback before presenting the attendance zones for approval to the school board on Feb. 20.

District officials also are working to come up with a name, mascot and colors for the new elementary school. A public, online survey was available until midnight Jan. 18.

Amanda Harris: 803-329-4082

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