A hearing is officially set for Thursday at Troup High School for input on plans to begin redefining elementary school zones.
The hearing will be 6 p.m. in the auditorium of the school on Hamilton Road at Interstate 85. The proposed zoning map will move toward plans to have 10 elementary schools and eliminate redundant transportation. Currently, there are swaths of areas in the county that are not zoned where students are assigned to nearby schools based on proximity, transportation availability and other factors, which leads to cases like Superintendent Cole Pugh highlighted Monday where students on one street are bused to three different schools.
The proposed map may be viewed at www.troup.k12.ga.us under News and Events.
In the proposal, starting with the 2013-2014 school year in August, all new enrolling students will be assigned to their new elementary attendance zone school. Students enrolled prior to the 2013-2014 school year will not be affected unless they move to a different attendance zone.
Pugh gave three options the school system could use for new enrolling students who have older siblings already attending a different school:
•Siblings who enter school in the 2013-2014 school year would not be “grandfathered” into their older sibling’s school.
•Siblings who enter school in the 2013-2014 school year would be “grandfathered” into their older sibling’s school if there is space available. The school system may choose to provide transportation to those students.
•Siblings will be “grandfathered” no matter what school year they enroll, if space is available. The school system may choose to provide transportation to those students.
Pugh said anyone affected who wanted to seek a hardship exception could apply to the Office of Student Assignment. Maps of the proposed zones are available at the School System Administration Building, 100 N. Davis Road, building C.
In other business, the board on Thursday approved:
•Signing off on a tax allocation district, or TAD, agreement for Veteran’s Village, a planned mixed residential and retail development planned on Hamilton Road near Interstate 85. A TAD agreement allows the local government to buy bonds to fund infrastructure improvements for the project, while tax-collecting entities for the property agree to freeze the property tax they collect on it and the increased property value from the development will be used to pay off the bonds. Taxpayers are not held liable for the bonds.
•Approved the 2013-2014 school calendar, with the first day of school set for Aug. 8.
•A contract with West Georgia RESA for $44,481.50 for professional learning and consulting services, including the Burwell Center, for the 2013-2014 school year.
•A contract for $30,337.68 to ProCare for contracted services for speech/language athologist Nancy Prohaska for the 2013-2014 school year.
•A renewal contract with Aramark Management Services Limited Partnership for $360,958 for contracted custodial management services.