Columbia Schools Re-Structure
Monday night the school board made an important decision. Members agreed on the language for a bond issue to raise money for the proposed changes.
Under the proposal, the school system would add one new high school. Students would attend middle school for grades six through eight, and junior high schools would be eliminated from the system. Two new elementary schools would be built for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. This new plan would reduce the number of transitions for students from three to two.
"Between now and then we will be available to talk to all community groups and to our public about why we are considering this bond issue," school superintendent Phyllis Chase said.
In order for the changes to happen, voters must approve a $60 million bond issue that will be on the April 3 ballot. The school board has approved the new school configuration, but it's up to voters to decide whether the district will get the money to make it happen.
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