Easley Elementary Attendance Zone Changes

Easley Elementary Zone Changes Approved
Posted on 12/18/2017
Easley Zone announcement

Attendance lines for Easley area elementary schools will change beginning in in the 2018-2019 school year. The School District of Pickens County’s board of trustees voted to adopt the rezoning plan known as “Option 2” during their meeting on January 22. The option was recommended by the demographic consulting firm Cropper GIS Consulting, which has worked with the district throughout the rezoning process to predict population and enrollment trends. The vote comes after the district held two informational meetings on the topic and solicited community feedback through an online survey. Rezoning affects Crosswell Elementary, East End Elementary, Forest Acres Elementary, McKissick Elementary, and West End Elementary.

The board began consideration of rezoning late last year with four stated issues in mind: to use school facilities more efficiently based on projected attendance and available space (East End Elementary is above recommended capacity, and its student population is projected to grow over the next five years, while Crosswell Elementary, Forest Acres Elementary, and West End Elementary all have capacity for greater enrollment); to improve car and bus transportation routes within school zones; to improve attendance; and to increase space for students to choice in to the upcoming McKissick Academy of Science & Technology from outside the McKissick attendance zone. Under the approved plan, zoned enrollment at East End Elementary and McKissick Elementary is projected to drop, while attendance at the other three schools in the area is projected to rise. All five schools are projected to be within their recommended building capacity after rezoning; East End Elementary’s current enrollment is at 106 percent of its recommended capacity. The district enlisted the help of both Cropper GIS Consulting and McKibben Demographics throughout the process to predict ten-year trends in enrollment.

In the next few days, we will be sending a letter to every Easley elementary parent to let you know how your address is affected by rezoning, if at all.

SPDC intends to honor all requests for rising 5th grade students (current 4th grade students) who are affected by rezoning to remain at their current schools next year, as long as parents can provide transportation.

 

You can view maps and other informational materials below: