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      Valdosta rezoning to affect 1,500 students

      Valdosta elementary schools will be rezoning schools and transferring students in order to balance school population. / Rheya Spigner


      Valdosta elementary schools will be rezoning schools and transferring students in order to balance school population.

      Currently, there are around 4,000 students in five Valdosta elementary schools; 1,500 students will be transferred from overpopulated schools to an underpopulated one.

      Assistant Superintendent of Valdosta City Schools Alvin Hudson says the overpopulated elementary schools include Sallas Mahone with 1,105 students and W.G. Nunn with 1,310 students.

      Underpopulated schools include a new $18 million elementary school named Pinevale that holds 425 kids with a capacity of 800. S.L. Mason and J.L. Lomaz are underpopulated with 830 kids at Mason and 588 at Lomaz.

      A meeting will be held tonight at 7 p.m. for parents to discuss their concerns in the W.G. Nunn gym. Hudson adds he's prepared to answer questions like how to request a child to transfer or stay in a school; which he says will include an application that requires a reason for officials to assess.

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