CHATSWORTH — No members of the public showed up Monday night for the Murray County school system’s public hearing on proposed district lines for the 2006-2007 school year.

New lines are being drawn because Woodlawn Elementary School is scheduled to open next school year.

Another public hearing will be held on Dec. 28 at 5:30 p.m. at Chatsworth Elementary School. The lines are expected to be adopted by the Board of Education during a meeting on Dec. 29 at 7 a.m. at the central office.

“One of our main goals is to get students out of the trailers. I feel like we are going to do that,” superintendent Charlotte Pipkin said.

Several classrooms are currently in trailers at the elementary schools due to overcrowding.

Woodlawn, being built to hold 1,100 students, is expected to hold 795. Woodlawn’s district is proposed to run from near Norton Bridge and River roads to Highway 225 and Woodlawn Road out Mount Carmel Road and down to Greeson Bend Road.

The existing five elementary schools and the two middle schools will be affected by the opening of the new school. Officials said Chatsworth Elementary’s enrollment will drop from approximately 698 to 657; Coker’s from 849 to 745; Eton’s from 817 to 567; Northwest’s from 809 to 532; and Spring Place’s from 792 to 679. Chatsworth is built to hold approximately 700; Coker, 900; Eton, 800; Northwest, 650; and Spring Place, 800.

“We will have more room for growth,” Pipkin said. “With the new subdivisions in Eton we expect a lot of growth there.”

The entire north end of the county is growing rapidly, school and county officials say.

Letters should be going home to parents after the Christmas break letting them know what school their child has been assigned to, Pipkin said. Parents will have the opportunity to apply for their children to attend a school outside their district, she said. Information on that process will be provided when the letters are sent home.

The school system’s policy requires parents to provide transportation for their children if they attend school outside their district. And it states that the school system has the right to deny the application if the student has attendance or discipline problems.

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