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City schools ready to reorganize

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Students to be in different buildings next school year

By Calen McKinney

When they come back after summer break, most students in the Campbellsville School District will head to different classrooms, in different buildings.

And work to make sure those buildings are ready is already under way, with the effort to kick into high gear in a couple weeks.

In February, Campbellsville Board of Education members gave their approval to reconfigure the district’s school buildings for the 2013-2014 school year, which will begin in August.

Students in preschool through third grade, who currently attend school at a house beside the elementary school and inside the elementary school itself, will move to the current Campbellsville Middle School building.

Students in grades four through seven will attend school at the current elementary school. Fourth-graders currently attend school at CES and will remain there.

Eighth-graders will attend classes in the space between the current elementary and high school buildings. High school students will continue to attend class at the CHS building.

Campbellsville Superintendent Mike Deaton has said the goal of the reconfiguration is to maximize facilities and staff members.

On Monday, he told Campbellsville School Board members that plans are in place to get the reconfiguration going after the upcoming end-of-year testing window.

Deaton said he will meet with various officials today to continue discussion about the move. He said he recently met with principals and other officials to develop the initial phase of the reconfiguration.

As soon as testing is complete, he said, officials will begin moving classrooms.

First, Campbellsville High School classes will move into the Campbellsville Eagle Academy wing, he said, which will then begin a domino effect of the eighth-grade teachers starting to move their classrooms to the former CHS wing.

On Tuesday, Deaton said teachers have already begun to box materials in an effort to expedite the move.

Once the eighth-grade rooms are moved from the current CMS building, he said, this will allow CES rooms to be moved to the CMS building.

Deaton said students are aware of the move and were polled about it. Many are excited about the transition, he said, though some are apprehensive.

“However, the feedback from the students heavily favored the moves,” he said.

Parent feedback mirrors the student feedback, Deaton said. He said all parents had the opportunity to give their input.

“ ... Once everyone had the chance to express their views and concerns, all got on board with the plan in order to do what we think is best for our students,” he said. “They have been great.”

The move will take from three to four weeks, Deaton said, and will be done as soon as classrooms are waxed and cleaned as they normally are during the summer.

“All teachers will be in their new classrooms well before the beginning of school later this summer,” he said.

And students, parents and community members will tour the new classrooms during open houses in July.

Costs associated with the move, he said, will come in the form of new signage, playground equipment, technology adjustments and remodeling some restrooms.

“The facelift for the restrooms was already scheduled to be done this summer so that cost shouldn’t actually be considered a part of this reconfiguration,” he said. “Overall, the costs will not be significant.”

The largest part of the cost, he said, will come from manpower to make the move.

“All of us will be involved in helping move books, boxes, and furniture this summer,” he said.

Deaton said the only obstacle of the move, so far, has been getting people to welcome the change.

“But change is always stressful, no matter how big or small,” he said.

Overall, Deaton said, the goal of the move is to better educate students.

“That is the main reason for doing this,” he said. “It provides a much better environment for our primary students and more opportunities for our intermediate, middle and high schoolers. It also maximizes the use of our personnel.”

Save the Date

During Monday’s meeting, Board members gave their approval to end-of-the-year senior activities.

This year’s baccalaureate service will be Wednesday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m.

Class Night is scheduled for Thursday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m. and graduation is set for Saturday, May 18, at 5 p.m.

All events will be in Hamilton Auditorium.

Also at the Meeting

• Board members agreed that they intend to adopt a policy to raise the district’s dropout age from 16 to 18. They will likely have first reading of the policy at next month’s meeting and final approval in June, in time for the policy to go into effect next school year.

For more from the meeting, see Monday’s issue.