School Boundary Changes Mean Major Shuffling
COLUMBIA - With three possible redistricting plans for Columbia Public Schools now public, school officials said Friday there is a lot of work to do no matter which plan is chosen.
In addition to changes in which schools students will attend, the school format itself is changing. Starting in 2013, Columbia Public Schools will eliminate the 6th and 7th grade middle school and 8th and 9th grade junior high school format. Under all the new plans, students will attend one intermediate school for 6th, 7th and 8th grade. Then students will attend a high school for 9th through 12th grade.
The redistricting committee announced three possible plans for new boundary lines Thursday. As far as intermediate schools are concerned, Plan A focuses on keeping students from the same elementary schools attending intermediate school together. Plan B focuses on sending students to high schools based on their intermediate school. Finally, Plan C offers the most even distribution of free and reduced lunch students among the six intermediate schools.
Current principals at each middle and junior high school will stay with their present building, but Columbia Public Schools administrators are asking teachers whether they would like to stay with the grade they teach now or the building. CPS will then shuffle around staff to accommodate teachers' wishes as well as student needs.
CPS will host eight public forums on the three proposed plans during the month of November before it narrows down the options to two. The next meeting is Nov. 1 at Hickman High School. You can also view the high school plans and add your input online.
Intermediate Schools Plan A:
Intermediate Schools Plan B:
Intermediate Schools Plan C: