Attendance area proposed for new Red Bank school

tflach@thestate.comOctober 27, 2013 

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— Dozens of students in the Red Bank area will go to a new elementary school next August.

Lexington 1 officials are looking at changes in attendance areas for three schools that will take effect with the opening of Deerfield Elementary.

Attendance areas for each school are designed to minimize division of neighborhoods and assure efficient bus transportation, according to a plan that school board members are considering.

The new school on Longs Pond Road south of I-20 is the 18th in Lexington 1 for pupils in kindergarten through 5th grade.

Its initial enrollment is projected at 464, but may be less if rising fifth-graders at the other three schools elect to stay there.

Deerfield, currently under construction, is the last of five new schools from a $336 million expansion and renovation package approved by voters in 2008.

It will have space for 800 students, reflecting its location in an area expected to see steady growth.

Plans call for its classrooms to focus on what educators call competency-based learning through collaboration, projects and instruction – individually and in groups. It will feature flexible furniture to allow a variety of instruction, officials say.

Deerfield’s debut will ease overcrowding at three nearby elementary schools, officials say.

Enrollment at Carolina Springs is projected to fall from 978 today to 649 next fall, at Pleasant Hill from 948 to 689 and at Red Bank from 660 to 545.

Board members plan to settle on attendance areas for each school by Dec. 17 once officials see if tweaks in the proposal are necessary after reviewing community reaction.

Check it out

Families can examine the changes and make their views known to school officials at three sessions, each starting at 6 p.m.:

Monday at Pleasant Hill Elementary, 664 Rawl Road

Tuesday at Carolina Springs Elementary, 6340 Platt Springs Road

Wednesday at Red Bank Elementary, 246 Community Drive

Reach Flach at (803) 771-8483.

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