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Public can offer opinions for improving some JCPS middle schools

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The public is getting a chance to weigh in on how to improve conditions at some JCPS middle schools.

A proposal includes plans for combining two schools and closing one.

The first of three public meetings is planned for Monday evening at Carter Elementary School starting at 6 p.m.

The plan concentrates on three middle schools: Robert Frost Sixth-Grade Academy, Stuart Middle School and Valley Prepatory Academy.

Students from Frost would move over to Stuart and combine with Stuart's 6th grade students. As for 7th and 8th graders, Valley Prep students would be moved over to a separate building on the Stuart campus that would eventually close.

JCPS administrators say the plan would strengthen educational opportunities.

JCPS school board member Linda Duncan says the changes could have an impact on performance of special needs students. "People primarily are concerned about the concentration of high needs kids into one center, at Stuart. I think the question is, what will we do differently that will allow us to handle high need kids in a better way," Duncan said. 

Parents will also be able to share their opinions at two more meetings. One will be held tomorrow at Valley High School; the other takes place Wednesday at The Academy @ Shawnee.

Those who cannot attend the meetings can also email their suggestions to the district.

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