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NCSS draws borders for new school

COVINGTON - The Newton County Board of Education unanimously approved at its April 21 board meeting a plan designating the attendance zone for Live Oak Elementary School, the new school on Kirkland Road that is expected to open in time for the 2009-10 school year.

Most of the student population at Live Oak Elementary will come from students zoned to attend Fairview Elementary School, who were rezoned to Live Oak Elementary due to the opening of the elementary parent-involvement theme school at the Fairview location.

The remaining enrollment at Live Oak will come from Porterdale Elementary School.

Newton County School System officials redrew some attendance lines in the Fairview and Porterdale districts so that students living directly across the street from Live Oak could attend the school, rather than Porterdale, where they were zoned to attend.

The boundary line for Live Oak Elementary School extends from the Rockdale County line at its intersection with Fairview Road. It also includes Kirkland Road, Turner Lake Road, Clark Street, Emory Street, Crowell Road, Old Atlanta Highway, Cook Road, Dial Mill Road, Gum Creek Road and others.

Some streets moved from the Porterdale zone to the Live Oak zone include Lakeview Crossing, Arbor Lake apartments off Kirkland Road, Oak Manor Drive subdivision off Brown Bridge Road, Greenfield Circle subdivision off Kirkland Road and some other nearby neighborhoods and streets.

A complete list of affected streets and maps of the new zones will be made available at the students' current schools.

Whatley said Live Oak Elementary is expected to open with about 970 students for the 2009-10 school year, and Porterdale will open with about 450.

In the plan, the board also approved a one-time opportunity for all current fourth-grade students at Porterdale Elementary School, or those students who will be in fifth grade for the 2009-10 school year who are scheduled to transfer to Live Oak Elementary, to remain at Porterdale Elementary for the 2009-10 school year.

"Transportation is a responsibility of the parent (or) guardian," Whatley said. "This one-time transfer opportunity does not apply to siblings of these fifth-grade students and will be valid for the fifth-grade students only prior to enrollment the first day of school."

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