Message about Rezoning from Superintendent Dr. Shane Robbins
Dear DD2 Families,
On Monday, September 25, our Board of Trustees voted on the recommended process we will follow over the next several months to rezone our school attendance boundaries beginning with the 24-25 school year. The natural question would be why is this process necessary in Dorchester School District 2? The simple explanation is our strong academic reputation and our community’s appealing quality of life means we have welcomed thousands of new families in a short amount of time.
The new growth and housing developments in part of Dorchester County have produced increased enrollments in some of our facilities and now require the Board and Administration to consider setting new attendance zones to relieve overcrowding at Beech Hill Elementary, Sand Hill Elementary, and William Reeves Elementary. Additionally, East Edisto Middle School, Ashley Ridge High School, and Summerville High School are nearing capacity. The overcrowding at these locations just happens to coincide with a lower enrollment in other portions of Dorchester School District 2.
We will rezone attendance boundaries because crowded classrooms create unsafe environments and make it difficult to provide the high-quality education that is a cornerstone of our community. We also understand the importance of maximizing our resources (facilities) for the taxpayers of Dorchester County.
November 7-14, 2023: Public Engagement
We will collect feedback and answer questions during public meetings and an online process.
December 11, 2023: Board Meeting for Public Engagement
The meeting agenda will include a public comment opportunity and the results from the public engagement in November.
January 8, 2024: Final Board Vote
Anticipated Board vote on the recommended map for rezoned school attendance boundaries.
Summer 2024: Rezoning Takes Effect
The new maps for K-12 school attendance boundaries will determine where students are zoned to attend school based on their home addresses.
For more information, please visit https://www.ddtwo.org/rezone. We will update this web page as we move through this process.
Dr. Shane Robbins, ATC
Superintendent of Schools