The Catoosa County Board of Education unanimously approved Tuesday night, March 2, the rezoning for the new Woodstation Elementary School, scheduled to open this August.
Kellerhals said about eight students previously zoned for Boynton Elementary School will also attend the new school off Colbert Hollow Road that will house grades K-5. Woodstation Elementary is designed to hold up to 650 students.
Kellerhals said the rezoning will alleviate the near capacity level of approximately 1,400 students currently attending Ringgold Elementary and Primary combined.
After meeting with parents and school councils over the past three months, board members decided to approve the zoning which allocates the southern half of the RES and RPS zones from Brock Circle, south to the county line, into the Woodstation school zone.
“One of the main concerns of the school board was rezoning families who lived closer to Ringgold than Woodstation,” Kellerhals said. “But it’s difficult when you split a district that size.”
Lotta Hoge, who lives on Gregory Drive, said she is pleased with the rezoning because her child will still be able to attend Ringgold Primary.
“I want to thank all the school board members for listening to us about zoning,” she said. “We came and talked about our concerns, and they listened. It was important for us to stay at Ringgold because we only live two miles from there, and we live about 10 miles from Woodstation.