DD2 invites public to hear proposed attendance line changes

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DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Hundreds of students in Dorchester District Two could be attending a different school next year. District officials will be redrawing attendance lines, and they are releasing proposed changes for the first time.

Hundreds of elementary school students in DD2 could be pulled out of their current schools to attend the brand new Joseph R. Pye Elementary, currently being constructed in the Oakbrook area.

The district estimates more than 325 students will be pulled from Fort Dorchester Elementary and more 325 from Oakbrook Elementary and at least 50 from Spann Elementary to attend the new school.

"Oakbrook Elementary and Fort Dorchester Elementary were extremely overcrowded. One had over 1300 and one had over 1200 kids in it. This is where most of the relief will be coming from is those two schools," DD2 official Mike Windham said.

District officials say many of the subdivisions affected are in the McKewn Plantation area of Oakbrook, but no subdivisions will be split.

"If they are concerned they need to come out and look at everything. This is a proposal. Everything is still open. Right now this looks good to us, but I don't know of a plan yet that we haven't tweaked a little bit," Windham said.

The district is also looking at transferring students from the overcrowded Fort Dorchester High School and sending them to Ashley Ridge High School.

At this time officials are figuring out the number of high school students and the neighborhoods that would be affected.

Tuesday night was the first of four meetings about proposed attendance line changes.

On Thursday the district will meet parents at 6:30 p.m. at Oakbrook Elementary. On next Tuesday, Feb. 8th, the meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at Spann Elementary. On Feb.15, those concerned about changes at the high school level, the meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at Fort Dorchester High School.

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