TIFT CO., GA (WALB) - The Tift Co. School Board is working on the new grade reconfiguration set to take place at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year. Right now, school officials are looking at new school zones which will likely change where students go to school.
Tift Co. Public Schools became a charter system a year ago and one of the initiatives under the new system was the grade reconfiguration.
Now, Tift Co. students, who attend school from Pre-K through twelfth grade, visit seven schools during their educational career. Under the new configuration, students will only have to attend three schools.
Stacey Beckham Director of Communications for Tift Co. Schools told WALB News 10 that the reconfiguration would allow students to build stronger relationships, because they'll stay in the same school longer.
"Strong relationships that students can build with each other, their teachers, with parents and administration, does nothing but help in the success that a student can achieve," Beckham said.
This week, the school board revealed the proposed school zones that come under the reconfiguration.
Students and parents can take a look at the zones by visiting the Tift Co. Public Schools' Main Office located at 207 N. Ridge Ave. in Tifton or by clicking here.
Comment cards are available for those wishing to voice their concerns about the proposed changes. School board members will listen to the feedback, but there's no guarantee that changes will be made to the proposed zones.
"We all know change is hard and change is especially hard when you're talking about one's child and where they're going to attend school. But we know that all of our schools are quality schools and feel this new reconfiguration has been well thought out," Beckham said.
The school board will vote on the proposed school zones during the July 11th meeting.
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