Rezoning

Possible changes to school attendance zones

A series of town hall meetings were held in September to begin public discussions about student reassignment.  These meetings were “listening sessions” for school district officials to hear concerns and ideas from parents and the public at large.

PRELIMINARY PROPOSAL (August 11, 2018)
At each town hall meeting in September, district staff presented a preliminary draft proposal and explained how it was developed and the overarching principles it was based on.

Detailed street-level maps based on the preliminary draft proposal were discussed at the September town hall meetings:

On the maps, proposed changes to school attendance zones were outlined in black and numbered.  To see details on a possible change, find the number in the map and match it with the number in the map key at lower right.  The map key shows the school students in that area currently attend, and also the school students would attend under the preliminary proposal.

September 6: Bluffton High School (
Parent Feedback Summary)
Sept. 24: Hilton Head Island High (Parent Feedback Summary)
Sept. 26: May River High (Parent Feedback Summary)

Student Reassignment Comments
 summarizes parent suggestions from all of the town hall meetings.

Note that the preliminary proposal focused on Bluffton-area schools.  No changes are currently being discussed concerning schools in the northern part of Beaufort County.

REVISED PROPOSAL (October 16)
After gathering parent and student feedback, district staff presented a revised proposal to the Board of Education on October 16.

Detailed street-level maps based on the revised proposal:

On the maps, proposed changes to school attendance zones were outlined in black and numbered.  To see details on a possible change, find the number in the map and match it with the number in the map key at lower right.  The map key shows the school students in that area currently attend, and also the school students would attend under the preliminary proposal.

On November 13, staff will present a Board-guided student reassignment plan for the 2019-20 school year, and the Board will vote on the plan.

Future development in Bluffton

On February 27, 2018, the Town of Bluffton made a presentation to the Southern Lowcountry Regional Planning Board that showed maps of the areas of Bluffton under Planned Unit Development (PUDs) agreements. These maps and corresponding graphs show the number of commercial and residential units allowed to be built, and also shows the status of build-out as of February 2018. This information is helpful in understanding not only recent growth in Bluffton, but also continued growth.  Ninety-two percent of Bluffton is governed by PUD agreements, and the current build-out for those PUDS is at 35 percent.

Resources

Beaufort County School District 2019-2023 Five Year Plan 
Town of Bluffton Growth Management Department
Southern Beaufort County Regional Plan