ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Some Dougherty County students may be forced to change schools next year because one is overcrowded and another is under-used.
15 classrooms at MLK Elementary sit empty while Lamar Reese Elementary is forced to use two portable buildings to handle all its students.
Administrators want to rezone the area so that all students will attend MLK and Lamar Reese will become a countywide magnet school.
School Board members expressed concern about moving more students into what's been an under-performing school.
"I don't object to the rezoning," said DCSS Board Chairman David Maschke. "My concern is that the school has really not been performing satisfactorily and I hesitate to put more students in the school unless there's also a plan of action to improve the academics at that school."
If the board approves the change, it would affect current Kindergarten and First Graders at Lamar Reese.
Starting next year, they would go to MLK unless they have an older sibling at Lamar Reese or they test into the magnet school.
Second, third, and fourth graders will be allowed to complete their schooling at Lamar Reese.