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Valdosta Board of Education Adopts The Rezoning Plan

By: Valdosta City Schools Email
By: Valdosta City Schools Email
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The Valdosta Board of Education adopted the plan for elementary rezoning at the regular meeting held on Monday, March 24.

Courtesy of www.gocats.org

Updated By: Valdosta City Schools
March 25, 2014, 6pm

The Valdosta Board of Education adopted the plan for elementary rezoning at the regular meeting held on Monday, March 24. The new map is now available on the Valdosta City Schools’ website at www.gocats.org. Along with the adoption, the board also recommended the following:


  • Letters to be sent out to families impacted by the redistricting by March 28, 2014.

  • Families displaced from their current school of attendance must submit an intent form stating they wish to remain at their current school. All intent forms will be accepted by the district office beginning April 1, 2014 through April 30, 2014 and are subject to approval by the Superintendent. There will be no considerations after the deadline date has passed. The approval of intent forms will be based on available space in order of receipt by the Superintendent.

  • The current request to transfer within the system form will be modified to remove the reason “Other.” HB 251 “Public Schools Choice” procedures will continue to be advertised and followed annually.

  • All decisions made by the Superintendent are final.


Please be reminded that throughout this process the Valdosta Board of Education and the redistricting committee have utilized the following guiding principles:

  • Provide the best educational experience for all students by minimizing disruptions caused by overcrowding.

  • Create realistic boundaries for each elementary school, maintaining the integrity of as many neighborhoods as possible.

  • Provide the best utilization of available space for continued growth.

  • Ensure a feasible, cost effective, and efficient transportation plan.


The Superintendent’s Office is located at 1204 Williams Street, our office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm. We would like to thank the community for their patience and open dialogue during this process. We are committed to making this a smooth transition for everyone involved.

"We will send home a letter and we are also mailing the students a letter, and their parents, that says 'you are currently zoned for x, next year you're going to y. It will have their name and address and will tell them which school they're zoned for next year", says Jennifer Steedley, with Valdosta City Schools.

For more information about the redistricting process, please contact Valdosta City Schools at (229) 333-8500.


Updated By: Winnie Wright
March 13, 2014, 6pm

Valdosta, GA - Parents of children enrolled at Valdosta City Schools will get a first look Thursday at a proposed redistricting map for the city's elementary schools.

"Tonight's meeting will give parents an opportunity to review the proposed plan, and provide us with some feedback", says Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Alvin Hudson.

The Valdosta Board of Education says they have redrawn boundaries for each elementary school, but have worked hard to make sure neighborhoods stay in tact.

"They wanted to maintain the integrity of as many neighborhoods as possible, and during this process, they've done a very good job of doing that", he says.

Hudson says S.L. Mason Elementary is one of the schools that will experience the most changes. He also says parents have been very supportive of the school system as they try to solve overcrowding in some of the schools.

"Well, I think that parents realize that the schools, some of them were over populated and some of them were underpopulated. So, hopefully the redistricting will just help to even that out and be good for Valdosta City Schools for years to come", says Laurie DeLoach, parent of 2.

The BOE says the children will benefit directly from the redistricting by getting to enjoy smaller class sizes. The map is expected to be approved in time for the 2014-2015 school year.

Thursday's meeting will be held at S.L Mason Elementary at 7PM. For more information on the redistricting of Valdosta City Schools, visit gocats.org.


Updated By: Winnie Wright
March 13, 2014, 4pm

Map of rezoning areas can be found at this link:

http://www.gocats.org/content.asp?pid=86&id=3299

News Release: Valdosta City Schools
Updated: March 10, 2014, 9pm

The Valdosta Board of Education released the proposed plan for elementary rezoning at the regular meeting held on Monday, March 10. This proposal will be presented to the public at the March 13th meeting which will be held at 7:00 pm in the S.L. Mason Elementary School gymnasium and again on March 18th at 7:00 pm in the W.G. Nunn Elementary School gymnasium. The proposal will be available on the Valdosta City Schools’ website until the meetings are held. Parents can offer comments by sending an email to vboe@gocats.org through March 20, 2014.

Throughout this process the Valdosta Board of Education and the redistricting committee have utilized the following guiding principles:


  • Provide the best educational experience for all students by minimizing disruptions caused by overcrowding.

  • Create realistic boundaries for each elementary school, maintaining the integrity of as many neighborhoods as possible.

  • Provide the best utilization of available space for continued growth.

  • Ensure a feasible, cost effective, and efficient transportation plan.


We will be offering transportation to the March 13th public input meeting. Reservations must be made in advance by calling the Transportation Department between 9:00 am and 1:30 pm no later than Tuesday, March 11th. The number for the Transportation Department is (229) 245-5640. For more information about the redistricting process, please contact Valdosta City Schools at (229) 333-8500.


News Release: Valdosta City Schools
Updated: March 3, 2014, 5:45pm

Valdosta City Schools recently announced that we will host a series of public input meetings on the subject of redistricting the elementary school zones. Redistricting is necessary as attendance zones have grown disproportionately to the capacity of each school in the system.

The members of the Valdosta Board of Education would like to invite parents to attend the final two sessions to view the proposed elementary attendance zone map. There will be an opportunity for parents to offer additional feedback during these meetings. These meetings will be held:


  • Thursday, March 13 at 7:00 pm in the S.L. Mason Elementary School Gymnasium

  • Tuesday, March 18 at 7:00 pm in the W.G. Nunn Elementary School Gymnasium


We will be offering transportation to the March 13th public input meeting. Reservations must be made in advance by calling the Transportation Department between 9:00 am and 1:30 pm no later than Tuesday, March 11th. The number for the Transportation Department is (229) 245-5640. For more information about the redistricting process, please contact Valdosta City Schools at (229) 333-8500.


News Release: Valdosta City Schools

Valdosta City Schools will host a series of public input meetings on the subject of redistricting the elementary school zones. Redistricting becomes necessary within school districts where attendance zones have grown disproportionately to the occupancy capacity of each school in the system. This usually occurs when a new school is built and it becomes necessary to balance out enrollment and coordinate school bus routes.

The system will host four public input meetings. They will be:


  • Tuesday, February 11 at 7:00 pm in the Sallas Mahone Elementary School Gymnasium

  • Tuesday, February 18 at 7:00 pm in the J.L. Lomax Elementary School Gymnasium

  • Thursday, March 13 at 7:00 pm in the S.L. Mason Elementary School Gymnasium

  • Tuesday, March 18 at 7:00 pm in the W.G. Nunn Elementary School Gymnasium

Parents and community members are invited to attend these sessions to offer their input on the elementary attendance zones. For more information contact Valdosta City Schools at (229) 333-8500.


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