The Cherokee County School Board will hear from the public tonight on its annual school boundary reconfiguration process.
The board will hold a public hearing input meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the historic Canton High School/School Board Auditorium. It will also hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. in the same location.
The Cherokee County School District will open a replacement E.T. Booth Middle School facility in August and district staff met with parents of students who would feed into the facility to discuss the possibility of altering the grade configuration of three elementary schools.
A new Booth facility would have capacity of 1,500 and the district would like for the facility to encompass grades sixth through eighth.
That would mean rising fourth-grade students Boston, Bascomb and Oak Grove Elementary would attend fifth-grade at their respective schools. They would then move onto sixth grade at Booth. Clark Creek Elementary, which also feeds into Booth, opened this year with a fifth-grade class.
Boston, Bascomb and Oak Grove are the only elementary schools in the district that do not have a fifth-grade class. The district also met with parents of students at Ball Ground Elementary School to discuss the future grade configuration at that school.
The final recommendations will be considered at the Dec. 1 School Board meeting at 7 p.m. The boundaries will be effective for the 2013-14 school year.