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Plan would close Newbern Elem.

Newbern Elementary School will close and 387 elementary school students will attend a different school next year if the Pulaski County School Board approves a proposal to change attendance boundaries within the county.
“When we began building Riverlawn Elementary School, we knew that we would have to adjust our attendance boundaries among the various elementary schools,” said Dr. Don Stowers, superintendent of schools, during Thursday afternoon’s school board meeting.
As of Jan. 30, enrollment at the county’s elementary schools was as follows:
•363 at Critzer Elementary
•541 at Dublin Elementary
•112 at Newbern Elementary
•594 at Pulaski Elementary
•310 at Riverlawn Elementary
•187 at Snowville Elementary
However, Stowers is recommending that the following new seating capacity targets be set for enrollment at each of the schools:
•425 at Critzer Elementary
•475 at Dublin Elementary
•close Newbern Elementary
•550 at Pulaski Elementary
•500 at Riverlawn Elementary
•200 at Snowville Elementary
With those seating capacity targets in mind, Stowers said that 43 students would move from Critzer to Pulaski, 27 students would move from Newbern to Critzer, 75 students would move from Pulaski to Critzer, 161 students would move from Dublin to Riverlawn, and 81 students would move from Newbern to Dublin.
Students at Snowville Elementary would not be directly affected by the boundary adjustments.
Board member Jeff Bain questioned if anything would be done to help the students who are changing schools adjust to their new environment.
Stowers said when Draper, Northwood and Claremont elementary schools closed several years ago, the new schools that those students would be attending held open houses and similar events to help make the students comfortable with the transition.
Bain also asked if there would be any cases with the boundary changes in which students on one side of the street would go to one school, and students on the other side of the street would go to a different school.
Stowers said that there would be a few cases like that for students living in the Town of Pulaski, particularly in the area of Pepper’s Ferry Road and Newbern Road.
The board set Thursday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. as the date and time for a public hearing regarding the boundary adjustments. Location of the public hearing has not yet been determined.
Stowers said that the parents of the students to be affected by these potential changes would be sent a letter regarding the changes and the public hearing.
Bain suggested that the parents of students who would be involved in the above-mentioned split street situations should be notified as well, just so everyone is informed.
As a side note, students who currently attend Riverlawn Elementary will have to make a transition of their own next month as the newly-constructed Riverlawn Elementary will hold its first day of classes on Monday, March 23, according to Stowers.
He noted that an open house for students and their families would be held during the afternoon on Sunday, March 22.
Teachers will make the transition during that weekend before classes start.
Stowers added that a public open house could potentially be held on Sunday, March 29, and that a dedication ceremony would most likely be held at the school in May.

The next Pulaski County School Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 5 at 4:30 p.m. at the school board office, located at 202 N. Washington Ave. in Pulaski.

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Plan would close Newbern Elem.

Newbern Elementary School will close and 387 elementary school students will attend a different school next year if the Pulaski County School Board approves a proposal to change attendance boundaries within the county.
“When we began building Riverlawn Elementary School, we knew that we would have to adjust our attendance boundaries among the various elementary schools,” said Dr. Don Stowers, superintendent of schools, during Thursday afternoon’s school board meeting.
As of Jan. 30, enrollment at the county’s elementary schools was as follows:
•363 at Critzer Elementary
•541 at Dublin Elementary
•112 at Newbern Elementary
•594 at Pulaski Elementary
•310 at Riverlawn Elementary
•187 at Snowville Elementary
However, Stowers is recommending that the following new seating capacity targets be set for enrollment at each of the schools:
•425 at Critzer Elementary
•475 at Dublin Elementary
•close Newbern Elementary
•550 at Pulaski Elementary
•500 at Riverlawn Elementary
•200 at Snowville Elementary
With those seating capacity targets in mind, Stowers said that 43 students would move from Critzer to Pulaski, 27 students would move from Newbern to Critzer, 75 students would move from Pulaski to Critzer, 161 students would move from Dublin to Riverlawn, and 81 students would move from Newbern to Dublin.
Students at Snowville Elementary would not be directly affected by the boundary adjustments.
Board member Jeff Bain questioned if anything would be done to help the students who are changing schools adjust to their new environment.
Stowers said when Draper, Northwood and Claremont elementary schools closed several years ago, the new schools that those students would be attending held open houses and similar events to help make the students comfortable with the transition.
Bain also asked if there would be any cases with the boundary changes in which students on one side of the street would go to one school, and students on the other side of the street would go to a different school.
Stowers said that there would be a few cases like that for students living in the Town of Pulaski, particularly in the area of Pepper’s Ferry Road and Newbern Road.
The board set Thursday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. as the date and time for a public hearing regarding the boundary adjustments. Location of the public hearing has not yet been determined.
Stowers said that the parents of the students to be affected by these potential changes would be sent a letter regarding the changes and the public hearing.
Bain suggested that the parents of students who would be involved in the above-mentioned split street situations should be notified as well, just so everyone is informed.
As a side note, students who currently attend Riverlawn Elementary will have to make a transition of their own next month as the newly-constructed Riverlawn Elementary will hold its first day of classes on Monday, March 23, according to Stowers.
He noted that an open house for students and their families would be held during the afternoon on Sunday, March 22.
Teachers will make the transition during that weekend before classes start.
Stowers added that a public open house could potentially be held on Sunday, March 29, and that a dedication ceremony would most likely be held at the school in May.

The next Pulaski County School Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 5 at 4:30 p.m. at the school board office, located at 202 N. Washington Ave. in Pulaski.

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