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School board seeks community input on Seaforth High attendance zone

PITTSBORO — Seaforth High School, projected to open for students in the fall of 2021, continues to take shape on Seaforth Road and Highway 64 near Jordan Lake.

“Along with the Board of Education, we want to ensure that stakeholder input is sought throughout the project just as we did with Chatham Grove Elementary last year around this time. The successful community input process we used for establishing the Chatham Grove attendance zone will serve as the model for our work this year as we tackle Seaforth High School's attendance zone,” Chatham County Schools (CCS) Chief Operations Officer Chris Blice said.

CCS has partnered with N.C. State University’s Operations Research and Education Laboratory, part of the Institute for Transportation Research and Education, to host three sessions for community input. The meetings will take place at Moncure School on Jan. 28, Margaret B. Pollard Middle School on Feb. 6, Northwood High School on Feb. 11 and Horton Middle School on Feb. 20. All meetings will be held from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Community members are welcome to attend one or more sessions.

“Information about the construction, design and opening for Seaforth High School will be provided alongside details related to districtwide population growth and trends that affect the school,” Blice said.

Stakeholders will have an opportunity to pose critical questions and respond to a survey designed to gather additional information for the Chatham County Board of Education to consider while working toward establishing the Seaforth High School attendance zone. Those unable to attend one of the sessions will be able to participate in the survey that will be available on school websites beginning Jan. 29.