Mebane parents unhappy with proposed elementary school rezoning

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ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. -- Next year some Alamance County elementary students could be headed to a new school.

The board of education is considering redistricting to fix overcrowding at eight schools.

"My fear is the long term -- if they have to switch is this a permanent switch?” said Jennifer Bryner, a parent of three children in the school district.

Bryner lives in the Governor’s Green neighborhood and she and others have started a petition against the rezoning. Like many residents in her subdivision, Bryner chose Governor’s Green because of the school it is zoned for.

Under the first rezoning draft, 112 students from South Mebane Elementary would be moved to E.M. Yoder Elementary School. Approximately 270 students would be moved overall.

Parents in Governor’s Green said separating their kids from key teacher-student and social relationships is a bad idea.

"I don't think we're out of the water yet. Somebody's going to get moved and it doesn't mean we aren't going to get moved because we all went in with a petition,” Bryner said. She hopes the decision makers think about the long-term consequences of the change.

"Every kid needs to have a school that they call home and if you keep shifting them around, then they’re not going to have that,” Bryner said.

Superintendent Bill Harrison thanked the parents for their contribution and concerns at the first meeting to discuss the rezoning. He also offered to meet privately with the residents from Governor’s Green.

The final decision on school redistricting in Alamance County won’t be made until early next year.