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Gwinnett parents upset about redistricting plan
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SUWANEE, Ga -- Hundreds of concerned parents filled a Gwinnett County Public School Board Hearing tonight hoping they could change the board's plans for redistricting. Thirty-one schools and some 14,000 students are affected by the proposed changes.

The population is growing in central and west Gwinnett County more schools were needed to house the new students. In order to fill them, some students will be forced to pick up their books and move. For parents invested in their child's education, that's tough to take.

A spokesperson for Gwinnett County Public Schools said four new schools will open in August.
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Redistricting is one of those double edged swords for us,
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said Sloan Roach.
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We want people to love their schools and on the flip side of that, they love their schools.
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We are a growing school system and there
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s a need to make sure that we
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re providing classrooms so that our schools are not overcrowded,
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Roach said.

Some 300 parents showed up at a public hearing Thursday night to voice their concerns about their children
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s educations. Many of them from the Brookwood cluster of schools.
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Brookwood is known for excellence so if we get redistricted and moved it's setting the bar lower,
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one parent told the board.

Other parents expressed their concerns about their property values.
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I know when I bought my house I particularly looked for Brookwood High School because of its academic excellence,
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another parent said.
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And needless to say I paid a high price for it.
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Others expressed concerns about the impact on their children.
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My daughter is happy,
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Chris Pike said.
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She doesn't want to have to change schools. She's comfortable in school, she's comfortable with the teachers, she
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s got friends,
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he said.
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So what does this do to our children emotionally when they have to leave their friends?
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The board has already made adjustments based on input and could make changes after Thursday's hearing based on what they heard. Another public hearing is set for December 18 and that same night the board will vote on the plan.

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