"Some people just don't like change and they'll just say anything," Graves said.
When the transfer ban at GW was controversial last spring, Ruthlawn parents became concerned and wrote a letter to the Kanawha school board asking to be designated as an official feeder school for John Adams and George Washington. Traditionally, families in the area have been able to choose between that district or the South Charleston district.
The area has been under consideration for redistricting time after time for the past couple of decades.
In 1991, an attendance plan for the George Washington area proposed closing both Ruthlawn and Oakwood elementaries. Oakwood eventually was closed but Ruthlawn remained because the Corridor G population kept growing.
In 1997, the school board temporarily blocked Alum Creek and Ruthlawn students from attending John Adams because of overcrowding concerns. The twist with that situation was that students were to attend South Charleston Middle School but remained in the George Washington attendance area for high school, meaning siblings could wind up being shuffled between districts.
Eventually, the school board backed down and let Ruthlawn and Alum Creek students go to John Adams, but with misgivings.
"I think that there has been a longtime problem with Ruthlawn and Alum Creek," then-board member Priscilla Haden said in 1997.
Now the situation has arisen again.
Brandi Jamerson is the mother of students at Ruthlawn and John Adams. She said there's nothing wrong with South Charleston, but that her family chose to live near Corridor G because of the South Hills school districts.
Originally from Charleston, the Jamersons decided to move back home from Cleveland about a year ago. They wanted to live in an area where their children would attend George Washington High.
"We chose a subdivision, a house, an area all based on where our children could attend school," she said.
"If we had not been able to get into the GW district, we would have invested in Putnam County," she said.
If families in her area are redistricted into the South Charleston attendance area, Jamerson thinks her property value will plummet. She knows her neighbors share those fears, and she thinks many are discussing moving or putting their children in private schools. She also has concerns about trying to transport her three children to three different schools that aren't very close to one another.
She and other parents want to discuss other options with the county. Ruthlawn Principal Natalie Laliberty recently spoke with parents who want to present other options to the school board. They recognize there might be an overcrowding issue in South Hills, but Laliberty said parents want to try and find an option that doesn't involve leaving the area.
Neighboring schools' classrooms are bulging at the seams.
The county already announced it was looking into redistricting for Overbrook Elementary School, in order to send some of the students to Kenna and Holz elementary schools. A policy also prohibits any more out-of-area students from transferring to George Washington, the only high school in the county where such a policy is in place.
Both Laliberty and Scherr said their schools are not crowded.