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Tift Co. Board of Education votes to rezone schools

Tift County Board of Education vote to rezone schools./ Photo: Alexandria Ikomoni

The Tift County Board of Education voted to approve rezoning schools at Tuesday’s meeting.

If students start and finish in the school system, they would attend seven different schools from kindergarten to 12th grade.

Students will soon only attend three. One for kindergarten through fifth grade, another for sixth through eighth, and then ninth through 12th grade.

“We know that we need the time to build those strong relationships between our students, staff, and parents,” Stacey Beckham, Tift County Schools’ director of communication, said. “That’s going to be the key element for success. We know that the reconfiguration is crucial for that to happen.”

The system will have eight elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school.

The current primary schools, which are kindergarten through third grade, elementary schools, fourth and fifth grade, and one sixth grade school will all become kindergarten through fifth grade.

With more elementary and middle schools, the board of education has to rezone the area. According to Beckham, there were many different factors that was used to determine how to properly rezone.

“We had to look at the size," Beckham said. “ We had to look at socioeconomic standards. We looked at resource allocation, transportation, how we can get in and out, and what was most efficient for transportation routes.”

The current Pre-K center will not be affected.

The rezoning will be effective starting in the 2018-2019 school year.

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