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Lexington District One continues Gilbert zoning process

Feb 12 2020

Second Reading

At the February 18, 2020, regular monthly meeting of the Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees, the board will hear the second reading of recommended attendance lines for Centerville Elementary School in Gilbert. All board members have received copies of both the online and paper comments about the lines for their review. In addition, board members attended one or both community zoning meetings held earlier this month.

The Gilbert Attendance Area currently serves about 1,571 Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5 students. 

First Reading

At the January 21, 2020, regular monthly meeting of the Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees, the board heard the first reading of recommended attendance lines for Centerville and Gilbert Elementary Schools in Gilbert.

Centerville Elementary will open next year, the 2020–2021 school year. 

The finished 128,000-square-foot school is designed for 1,000 students and located at 4147 Augusta Highway on a 22.57-acre site.

The proposed attendance zone for Centerville Elementary adds a second Pre-K through Grade 5 elementary school to the Gilbert attendance area. 

When it opens, the current Gilbert Primary School (now Pre-K through Grade 2) will also become a Pre-K through Grade 5 elementary school known as Gilbert Elementary. The name Gilbert Primary will be retired.

Both schools will offer Spanish immersion.

The proposed attendance lines help alleviate overcrowding, efficiently use facilities, minimize the division of subdivisions, consider balance for student diversity, allow future student growth in permanent facilities, consider transportation patterns for safe and efficient student transportation, and utilize natural and major road boundaries where possible.

The building at 314 Main Street (current G3–5 Gilbert Elementary) will be refurbished and open in two years as an Early Childhood Center. It will house 3-year-old child development and 4-year-old kindergarten classes for the entire Gilbert attendance area. Once, the Early Childhood Center opens, this will also free up more classrooms at the two elementary schools.

The district will soon hold two public meetings in the Gilbert area. The public can hear a formal presentation of the proposed attendance lines, review maps of the proposed attendance lines, ask questions, and provide feedback. 

The formal presentation part of the public meetings takes place at 6 p.m. (The district will provide the same information at both meetings.) Lexington District One staff, however, will stay until 7:30 p.m. to answer questions. Parents can come to either one of these meetings and do not have to come to the one at their child’s school.

If you can’t make either meeting, you can watch Chief Operations Officer Jeff Salters present the proposed lines to the board and make your suggestions electronically.

The zoning meetings will take place on:
• Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, in Gilbert Elementary’s cafeteria
• Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, in Gilbert Primary’s cafeteria

The Lexington District One Board of Trustees plans to hold a second reading of the zoning plan at the February 18 Board Meeting and a third reading of the zoning plan at the March 17 Board Meeting.

Looked at the proposed lines below and just not sure where your child will go to school? Use this proposed school lines search tool.

In the maps below, the new Gilbert Elementary School attendance area is green. The new Centerville Elementary School attendance area is a peachy color.

CES proposed zoning map










CES proposed zoning map