JCPS school board votes to close Myers Middle School - WDRB 41 Louisville News

JCPS school board votes to close Myers Middle School

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The JCPS school board voted Monday night to close Myers Middle School. 

The board decided to close the school, which was ranked in the first percentile in the state in 2013, because of its low performance and leadership deficiencies.

The plan, will reassign nearly 200 incoming 6th graders to 10 different middle schools throughout the district. The 7th and 8th graders will continue as Myers students, but would go to class at Waggener High in St. Matthews because the building has extra space.

District officials say they've tried several things in the past few years to improve Myers but nothing's worked. Those have included re-staffing and even replacing the principal, yet the school is still one of the lowest performing and under-achieving in the state. The district says the kids are top priority and they and their parents want to make sure they're ready for high school.

"When I think about the students,” says JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens, “I think about, have we done everything possible that we can do? I can't put my head down at night, the staff can’t put our heads down at night, if we haven't done everything that we can do to make sure that we're going to have a great 2014-2015 year for these students."

Sarah Koenig’s daughter is one of the Myers students who will be transferred to Waggener High School. She says, “I think the students that are going there it will be a good fit, but I still don't feel like it's the right fit for my daughter. Based on my family plan, and we did have a family meeting, we've decided to explore other options.

The Myers Middle School building will still be used for other programs but the district hasn't decided exactly what yet. A recommendation on that will be made in June.

The proposal would send incoming sixth grade students to one of ten middle schools, including: The Academy @ Shawnee, Carrithers, Highland, Meyzeek, Newburg, Noe, Ramsey, Thomas Jefferson, Western and Westport. Shawnee and Western families would choose between those two schools. 

The seventh and eighth graders would finish middle school at Waggener High School and will stay together to participate in middle school activities. All of the families will be able to apply for a transfer to another school. 

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