Columbia Public Schools Preparing for Change
COLUMBIA - Students enrolled in Columbia Public Schools head back to class next week, but not necessarily back to the same school. The district is opening a new elementary school and has reshuffled their elementary school boundaries. Some students will be moved to the new Alpha Lewis Elementary School in Northeast Columbia.
Others will be moved to other schools, such as Derby Ridge Elementary. Derby Ridge principal, Tina Windett says the new elementary schools will benefit schools across the district.
"We have smaller [class] sections at every grade level," Windett said. "For example, last year we had six sections of first grade, this year we'll have four."
In addition to smaller class sizes, many schools will move classes back inside from the mobile trailers they had been using.
"In terms of students in the trailers, that's been cut by at least half or a little bit more."
Leah Patrick will be sending her daughter Nivea to kindergarten at Derby Ridge this year. She says that fewer students at each school is a good thing.
"I think it will be a positive for the environment just because it allows more one on one time as far as teacher and student goes."
The new district boundaries follow natural barriers such as Interstate 70 and US Highway 63.