BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Growth in Berkeley County could push some students and teachers out of their comfort zones and into new schools. On Tuesday night, parents sounded off on the school district's proposal to change attendance lines in the county.
"Our kids would actually have to travel 13 miles to go to Berkeley Elementary School," said Marc Martinez.
Parents like Martinez say they want to keep their children at Cane Bay Elementary School.
"It's very frustrating. When we moved to this area, we had the understanding that this is where out kids would go to school," said Martinez.
Martinez isn't alone. The Cane Bay principle says the school could lose 300 students. Those students would either attend Berkeley Elementary, Whitesville Elementary or the new Nexton Elementary that is still being built. The reason for these proposed attendance lines are because some classrooms in Berkeley County are over crowded.
"I'm sorry. If I could pick, I wouldn't lose any of our children. We want to keep them all," said Melissa LaBerge, Principal of Cane Bay Elementary School.
For folks who live in the Wassamassaw and Felder Creek area, sorry just is not enough.
"Cane Bay is right here at Wassamassaw. You're asking me to take my child through back roads across town all the way through Moncks Corner for my child to go to school on a two lane road that's not safe," said Holly Sedgwick, a resident in the Wassamassaw area.
"To make sure that we have the quality of education for all of our students, we have to look at this consideration," said LaBerge.
Some parents believe attending other schools could affect their children's education.
"As a parent, you want the school that is closest to you and with the best record," said Martinez.
You can find the map of the proposed attendance lines at http://www.berkeley.k12.sc.us/files/filesystem/ELEMENTARY-CHANGES-DEC2014-rev1.pdf
There will be another public meeting Thursday to address concerns for those living in the Sangaree area. That will be held at 6 p.m at the Sangaree Elementary School.