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Attendance plan aimed at easing crowded Jefferson Co. schools

September 28, 2007|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - There has long been concern about crowded conditions at Jefferson High School and under a new attendance zone plan presented to the Jefferson County Board of Education meeting Thursday night, the school's population would be reduced by 488 students.

The school system also will be able to reduce its reliance on portable classrooms at some schools, Superintendent of Schools Susan Wall said.

"That's good news in itself, board of education member Alan Sturm said.

School officials are determining how to divide the county's high school students now that a second high school - Washington High School - is being built along the Charles Town Bypass south of downtown.

However, students currently enrolled in grades 9 to 11 will go to Jefferson High School.

Changes are also being made for attendance zones for middle schools since the current Ninth Grade Center next to Jefferson High School will become Wildwood Middle School when the new high school opens in the fall of 2008.

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Attendance zones for elementary schools will not change under the plan.

Middle school students headed to high school

Under the plan, which will go into effect in the fall of 2008 if approved by the board of education, Charles Town Middle School students will go to Washington High School.

Harpers Ferry Middle School students who reside in the areas east of Halltown and north of U.S. 340, in Harpers Ferry, Bolivar, Bakerton, on Bakerton Road to Duncan Road, Best Road and on Engle Switch Road from Engle Moler Road to Bakerton Road will attend Jefferson High.

All other Harpers Ferry Middle School students will attend Washington High School.

Shepherdstown Middle School students will attend Jefferson High School.

Wildwood Middle School students will attend Jefferson High School.

Elementary school students headed to middle school

Blue Ridge Elementary School students will go to Harpers Ferry Middle School.

T.A. Lowery Elementary students will go to Wildwood Middle.

North Jefferson Elementary students living on North Childs Road from Dalgo Lane to Leetown Road, on Darke Lane and east of Leetown Road and south of Old Leetown Pike to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds will attend Wildwood Middle.

All other North Jefferson Elementary School students will attend Shepherdstown Middle.

Ranson Elementary students will attend Wildwood Middle and Shepherdstown Elementary students will attend Shepherdstown Middle.

C.W. Shipley Elementary students who reside in Gap View, Stafford, Norwood and Meadow Brook subdivisions and on the south side of Engle Switch Road will attend Wildwood Middle School.

All other C.W. Shipley students will attend Harpers Ferry Middle School.

South Jefferson Elementary students who live on North Childs Road between Dalgo Lane and W.Va. 51, on Willingham Road, on Amber Road including the subdivision of Barleywood, on Rose Hill Drive and east of Leetown Road and on the north side of W.Va. 51 from Tuscawilla Hills to Leetown Road will attend Wildwood Middle.

South Jefferson Elementary students who live in Hidden River and on the north side of W.Va. 51 from Leetown Road to the Jefferson/Berkeley county line will attend Shepherdstown Middle School.

All other South Jefferson Elementary students will attend Charles Town Middle School.

Wright Denny Intermediate students who live in Schaeffers Crossing and Patrick Henry Estates will attend Wildwood Middle.

All other Wright Denny Intermediate students will attend Charles Town Middle School.




See the plan



The redistricting plan can be viewed on Jefferson County Schools' Web site, http://boe.jeff.k12.wv.us/education/district/district.php?sectionid=1, at all county libraries and at each school.

Next Thursday at Wright Denny Intermediate School on Congress Street in Charles Town, the public can offer comment on the plan during meeting at 7 p.m.

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