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Parents, JCPS officials consider future for Myers Middle students

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The President of the Jefferson County Teachers Association admits ineffective teaching troubled Myers Middles School, but says those teachers should keep their jobs.

Now, parents say they must piece together what's next after a vote to close the school.

"The morale at the school is the children are sad and they're really grieving the loss of their school," said Tracy Ruth, a parent of a Myers Middle School student.

Ruth had a long conversation with her daughter Monday night. The subject was change. The talk came after JCPS officials decided to shut down Myers Middle School.

Current 6th and 7th graders from Myers Middle School will go to Waggener High School in the fall. Incoming 5th graders expecting to attend Myers will be reassigned to other middle schools in the city.

More than 700 children will be affected. All students can apply for a transfer if they're unhappy with the change. Ruth has already put in the paperwork.
"Our children have been here and for two years and have obviously been let down and now are they going to make it right? Are they going to let us in the schools that will be best for our children?" she asked.

"We've frozen the transfer process right now to make things fair for the potential Waggener or Myers students so that they're not behind other students the district doing transfers elsewhere," JCPS spokesperson Ben Jackey said.
Ironically, the next round of K-prep testing starts Wednesday. It's these same tests that led to this school's demise because 80 percent of the Myers students could not pass them. This year's results may matter more to the teachers.

Only half the Myers faculty will go to Waggener. The others await reassignments throughout the district.

"There's a big difference between ineffective teachers and ineffective teaching. Ineffective teaching can be because you don't have the support or resources that you need or because you haven't had professional development," said Brent McKim, president of the Jefferson County Teachers Association.
McKim admits there was ineffective teaching at Myers, but ultimately Principal Jack Baldwin takes the hit on the school's failure. Baldwin is being moved to the district's central office.

"I don't think Myers ever really had a strong system in place," Ruth said.
While many will take this change and move forward, there is some concern that Myers' old problems are just being pushed to new places.

"I've been hoping for two years that it would get better, and I can't wait to see what happens. I need to move forward with my decision," Ruth said.

Meanwhile, the fate of the Myer's building will be decided at a school board meeting next month.

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