BOE agrees on school growth plan
Proposal addresses problem of local school overcrowding

CONYERS - The Rockdale County Board of Education approved the school system's comprehensive growth plan this week.

During Thursday's monthly meeting, the board members unanimously approved a consent agenda, which included the plan proposed by Superintendent Samuel King.

The plan, which school system officials originally presented to the board in mid-October to address overcrowded schools and other growth concerns, calls for a rezoning of the system's elementary and middle schools, as well as construction projects at some elementary schools and all of the high schools. The plan is said to eliminate the need for dozens of trailers and leave room for future growth.

The elementary school rezoning will affect between 50 and 150 students to maintain each elementary school's enrollment between 500 and 750 students.

The plan at the elementary level also will add preconstructed additions to several existing schools, and in January 2010, C.J. Hicks Elementary School is expected to move into the new building being constructed on Rowland Road.

Students in the Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology, which is now housed at Rockdale County High School, will move to the C.J. Hicks building after its students and staff are transferred to the new school site.

Also at the high school level, RCPS officials plan to add on to Heritage and Salem high schools for additional classroom space.

The projects in the plan are expected to be paid for through SPLOST money and state funding.

The plan also calls for the rezoning of the county's four middle schools, which will put enrollment at the middle schools between 800 and 930 students each. No construction is planned for the middle schools at this time.

The school system and schools have already held informational rezoning meetings, and Director of Community Relations Cindy Ball said no other meetings are scheduled regarding the plan.

More information about the plan and the elementary and middle school rezoning maps is available at each school and also on the school system Web site, www.rockdale.k12.ga.us.

Michelle Floyd can be reached at michelle.floyd@newtoncitizen.com.