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Meeting to discuss new school boundaries

SUWANEE -- The Gwinnett County Board of Education will hold a public hearing Thursday evening to gather input on the proposed boundary lines of six new schools opening in August.

About 9,000 students at 29 existing schools will be affected by the changes. When redrawing lines for a school attendance zone, school system officials say they seek to balance enrollment at the schools with the least disruption to communities.

Maps of the proposed boundary lines are available online at www.gwinnettdailypost.com and www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

The new schools opening in August are Ferguson Elementary in the Meadowcreek cluster, Jenkins Elementary in the Central Gwinnett cluster, Roberts Elementary in the North Gwinnett cluster, Burnette Elementary in the Peachtree Ridge cluster, Snell Elementary in the Shiloh cluster and Midway Middle in the South Gwinnett cluster.

Some students in the Berkmar cluster will be affected by the redistricting for Ferguson Elementary, and some students in the South Gwinnett cluster will be affected by the redistricting for Snell Elementary.

The school system's Planning Department has reviewed boundary line input forms that were due Nov. 4, and that feedback could result in some changes to the proposed attendance zones. Updated maps will be available early this week, said Sloan Roach, spokeswoman for Gwinnett County Public Schools.

District officials will consider comments made during the public hearing before making a final recommendation on the school boundary lines to the school board. The Board of Education is scheduled to vote on the lines at its Dec. 10 meeting.

The public hearing will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. in the board room at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Road N.W. in Suwanee.

During the public hearing, speakers will be called based on the order in which they sign up that evening to speak. Each speaker will be limited to three minutes.

To view an agenda for the public hearing, visit www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us and click on "Fall 2009 Redistricting public hearing: Nov. 19" under "Spotlight."