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Myers Middle School campus to become new home for Phoenix School

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The building that houses the soon-to-be closed Myers Middle School will not be empty for long.

JCPS is re-purposing the space to help struggling students succeed.

It is ironic that a school being shut down because of chronic underperformance will soon be reborn as the home of the Phoenix school, known as a place for second chances.

Crackerjack is the Phoenix School's unofficial mascot.

He suffers from a canine form of MS.

Students are helping Crackerjack learn to walk, and in the process taking their own steps toward success.

"Kind of easing a lot of anxieties, and some of our students have a bit of anxiety. It just seems that they're a bit misunderstood," said biology teacher Jackie Sharp.

Phoenix is an alternative school for students who have had a tough time in regular, large classroom settings.

Some have learning differences. Others have suffered bullying.

"Maybe they've been disenfranchised, or maybe at the big school, they just get lost in the shuffle. So, we're going to offer them a more intimate environment," said Phoenix School Principal David Bennett.

Phoenix currently uses classroom space at both Valley High and Stuart Middle schools.

On Tuesday the school board voted to give Phoenix a home of its own in the soon to be vacated Myers Middle School building

"At Myers, we'll have a library. We'll have a gym. We'll have our music rooms. We'll have assorted other rooms and computer labs that we need to be a fully functioning school," said Bennett.

JCPS Supt. Donna Hargens says moving Phoenix from two buildings in far southwestern Jefferson Co. to a more central location, will allow the school to add fourth and fifth grade programs.

"What's important to us is that our students have equal access to our programs, so we know moving Phoenix to the Myers campus gives more students the opportunity to take advantage," she said.

That means more students learning to overcome obstacles - just like Crackerjack.

"There's so much potential. We're all very excited about that," said Sharp.

It's going to be a quick transition. When classes end June 6, the school will have less than two months to move into its new home.

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