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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - The JCPS school board approved major changes to one of Louisville's lowest performing schools Monday night. Frost Middle School will now be 6th grade only and the 7th and 8th graders will move to Valley High School.
The board heard from community members and school district officials on both sides of the issue Monday before deciding to approve the changes to Frost. The board said they hoped the new structure improves student and teacher performance.
The changes were part of a proposal first presented in September that included restructuring of Frost Middle School, Meyers Middle School, Valley High School and Shawnee High School.
The plans originally included adding a magnet program for a Cadet Academy at Meyers Middle School. It also included replacing the principal at Shawnee High School with a provost.
Plans to vote on proposals for both Meyers and Shawnee were postponed.
A JCPS spokesperson Ben Jackey said the magnet program at Meyers is a pilot program so it can be implemented without board approval. It will only need board approval if the school decides to continue the program after next year.
Jackey also said after hearing from parents at community meetings, the district decided that plans for a provost at Shawnee would be put on hold until new leadership was put in place at the school.
As board members prepared to vote on changes to Frost Middle School Monday, they heard arguments for and against the changes. Speakers included Sierra Club members, parents, and metro council member Cindi Fowler.
The main reason opponents say they don't support changes at Frost is a concern with the schools proximity to LG&E Mill Creek Power Plant.
Board member Chris Brady was among those who suggested Frost be shut down instead.
"Would you want your children or grandchildren to go to frost?" Brady remarked, "The answer for me is simply no."
Despite Brady's "no" vote, the board approved the plan.
The changes to Frost Middle School will begin next school year.