And, with any major change, the new attendance zones are upsetting some parents.
In October, district leaders unveiled their latest plan to realign attendance zones across Fort Mill District 4. The plan only touches the district’s seven — soon to be nine — elementary schools and roughly 30 percent of the current 5,419 students.
But critics of the plan say they are not pleased with the number of students on free or reduced lunches in some schools, speculating that the increased poverty levels will degrade Fort Mill Schools.
But superintendent Chuck Epps disagrees.
“I can sleep at night knowing that we’re doing the job in every school,” Epps said. “I can’t respond to people who have those concerns.”
Epps said every elementary school in Fort Mill has received top honors from the state.
The plan, which was drawn up with the help of an outside consultant, will be presented Tuesday before the school board for consideration.
“We have the best plan proposed out there,” Epps said. “I expect the approval of this plan Tuesday night. We will immediately start the implementation process Tuesday.”
For more on the plan, see our previous coverage here.