Mt. Pleasant parents find a community voice

(Lia Sestric/WCIV)

By Lia

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) - Parents representing more than a dozen neighborhoods have joined together to voice their concerns with rezoning proposals.

Robert Mirman organized the group Unified Voices of East Cooper Communities following the Nov. 1 meeting where the school board revealed two plans.

"We don't feel we have had an opportunity to discuss the issues with the board," Mirman said.

Currently, Mirman's two children go to Belle Hall Elementary. Next school year that could change if plan A or B moves forward.

The rezoning plans are an effort by the board to ease overcrowding in some schools, but plans have caught many parents off guard.

Mirman says they aren't against rezoning, but want an alternative that doesn't have such a negative impact on communities. They also are working on their proposed plan.

"We do feel like the elements of the plan should be some sort of grandfathering in schools such that children have at least a chance to stay where they are to finish schooling to some extent, and travel time is minimized," he said.

One parent at Jennie Moore says the rezoning proposals are on many parents' minds.

"Obviously, it makes more of a challenge for people on a commute basis, and on a friend's basis. People don't really like change," parent Amy Parr said.

The Brickyard community in Mount Pleasant has been rezoned multiple times. Those kids would be moved from Jennie Moore Elementary to Whitesides.

"It doesn't make sense to not go to the school across the street," parent Jean Atkinson said.

More than 2,000 surveys were submitted following the November 1st meeting.

Board Chair, Marty Belk, says they haven't gone over the survey results yet, but before a final decision there will be an opportunity for a public meeting.