Mary C. Snow Westside and Grandview are both crowded, and the shifts are expected to more evenly distribute the student population across attendance zones. The school board has heard almost no complaints from those who will be affected by redistricting those schools.
Also at Thursday's meeting, the board voted to continue funding the Kanawha County Libraries at the current level.
That funding — which amounts to 40 percent of the library system's annual budget — has been a contentious issue since last month, when the state Supreme Court handed down a ruling that said the 1957 law forcing the school board to fund the library system was unconstitutional.
School board officials have said publicly ever since that they would continue to provide that funding voluntarily until the fiscal year ends in June. Thursday's vote made that official.
More controversial is the debate over whether or at what level the school system will fund the library after June. On Thursday, school officials passed that decision down the line one more time. They plan to meet with library officials over the next 30 days to try to come up with a solution, and the board will take the issue up again in April.
The boardroom was filled with library supporters awaiting a decision, and several gave impassioned speeches on the virtues of a public library system.
One woman read a letter for her 18-year-old daughter, who is away at college, and carried her "library bag" filled with 20 books — the number she checked out from the library most weeks of her adolescence.
"Though my body may have been firmly planted in Charleston, West Virginia," she wrote. "My imagination most certainly was not . . . I experienced life through hundreds of characters."
A 7-year-old named Vivian Schmidt said roughly the same thing, telling board members that the books and movies at the library are inspiring to her.
"Have you ever heard that old saying that books can take you places?" she asked. "Well it's true."
Also Thursday the board approved a refined version of a new "good sportsmanship" policy. That policy has been in the works for months, and was finally granted unanimous approval.
Contact writer Shay Maunz at shay.ma...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4886.