CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Kanawha County Schools has no immediate plans for shifting students currently attending John Adams Middle School to South Charleston Middle School.
However, a parent of a Ruthlawn student trying to sell his home heard from potential buyers who allegedly spoke with John Adams administrators that the house was now in the attendance zone for South Charleston.
"I realize that this is a sore subject but, as you may expect, it has chased off - or played a significant role in chasing off - potential homebuyers," the parent wrote in an email to the board of education and the Daily Mail.
"It goes without saying that we have an obligation to tell potential homebuyers the truth and this subject is one that parents, as potential homebuyers, take very seriously."
Superintendent Ron Duerring said Wednesday he had not heard of any confusion concerning the redistricting situation for Ruthlawn or any other school in the John Adams attendance area.
"Perhaps we have to communicate even better - you know you can always communicate better - that we're not visiting that plan right now about redistricting kids from John Adams to South Charleston Middle," Duerring said.
Parents of students at Alum Creek and Ruthlawn elementaries, which currently feed into the South Hills middle school, cried foul when rumors swirled that their children could be sent to South Charleston.
John Adams is cramped and requires seven portable classrooms to accommodate a student body rapidly approaching 750 children.
In December, the state School Building Authority voted to allocate $750,000 to the Kanawha County school system to help fund the addition of four classrooms to the John Adams building. At the time Duerring said it would help address safety concerns, but it also put thoughts of shifting students from the school on the back burner.
It doesn't address the concern about continued construction in the South Hills area.