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Fulton County redistricting controversy faces 1st vote
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Fulton County redistricting controversy faces 1st vote

ROSWELL, Ga. -- The lines have been drawn in the battle over redistricting in Fulton County.

A new high school will open in August 2012, but deciding who goes there has set off a series of heated debates.

Parents and community leaders agree the new school is desperately needed to relieve overcrowding. But it means completely re-drawing attendence zones, sending some kids out of their community to a different school.

Thursday night, an important vote moves the plan another step forward. The school board will hold a first vote, what they call a first reading, on the redistricting plan. If they approve the plan, it moves forward towards a June vote.

Parents for and against the plan say they will continue to fight up until that final vote. Earlier this month, parents from the Edenwilde subdivision in Roswell let their windows and wheels to do the talking during a protest of the redistricting plan.

Earlier this month, parents from the Edenwilde subdivision in Roswell let their windows and wheels to do the talking during a protest of the redistricting plan.
They gathered early May 4 for a caravan to Milton High School.

"We're worried about safety and time traveled to school," said parent Krista Elema. "We're worried inexperienced drivers on the road."

Edenwilde sits in the city of Roswell, so the children attend Roswell High School and its feeder schools.

But Fulton County school officials are considering moving almost 500 students from Roswell to Milton High School to relieve overcrowding and fill the seats in the new high school that's now under construction.

Edenwilde parents took the streets to try to prove Crabapple Road, which leads to Milton, can't handle anymore traffic.

"It was worse than I thought it would be," said parent Kimberly Miller. "It's going to get worse. We were 50 cars or so, and it took us 30 minutes to go 2 miles."

Fulton County school officials have their own take on the traffic.

They believe redistricting will have no impact because when they add students to Milton High School, they'll take away students too, sending them to the new school that will open in August 2012.

Roswell Mayor Jere has spoken out against the redistricting plan, urging school board members to keep students together who live within the city limits.

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