Board approves rezoning plan for Easley elem. schools

Two options for zoning changes for Easley elementary schools.

EASLEY, SC (WSPA) — The School District of Pickens County’s board of trustees voted Monday night to approve the rezoning for Easley area elementary schools.

The board announced they were considering changes to the attendance zones in December in order to use the facilities more efficiently based on projected attendance and available space, to improve car and bus transportation routes and to improve attendance.

The School District of Pickens County’s board of trustees voted to adopt the Option 2 rezoning plan Monday night, which was recommended by the consulting firm that has worked with the district to predict population and enrollment trends.

“I believe this plan will serve the Easley community well in the coming years,” Superintendent Dr. Danny Merck said. “It should help us serve all of our students without the need to expand facilities, and hopefully it will also make commutes and bus routes more convenient. Our focus from now until the start of next school year will be to make the transition as smooth as possible for families in the rezoned areas.”

The rezoning will impact Crosswell, East End, Forest Acres, McKissick and West End elementary schools.

After an online survey and two public hearings, the community has received the idea well, according to the district.

“One of the biggest reasons why these changes have been positively received is that you had a segment of the East End zone south of 123 where anyone in that area of their zone would have had to drive past Forest Acres Elementary School to get to East End now that area will go straight to Forest Acres,” said John Eby, Pickens County Schools Spokesperson.

For more information, including a map of current attendance lines, maps of the proposed changes, data concerning enrollment, capacity, and socio-economic impact of the proposals, click here.