New middle school boundary plan presented in Davidson Co.

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DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. -- Parents had their last chance Monday to weigh in on proposed boundary changes to a new middle school. Now it's all up to the Davidson County school board.

The board met at Davis-Townsend Elementary School, where several meetings have taken place regarding the "Ledford/North Area Middle School." The school, scheduled to open this fall, is located off Midway School Road.

A committee appointed to redraw the boundaries recommended the board select Map 5. The new boundaries would take 300 students from Ledford Middle and 400 students in North Davidson Middle.

The boundary has been the most popular choice, but there are still some challenges, including mixing economic classes and splitting up communities.

"Look at friendships that are just down the street--just over the line--and they don't get to see those kids anymore. They have been close friends or classmates for six years of their school career," said one parent at the meeting.

"Do what's best for the kids, not what's convenient for the parents," said another parent.

While the committee recommended Map 5, the school board said it will weigh the pros and cons of all the maps before making a final decision at its next board meeting.

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