Tonight, the Monroe County School Board decided to postpone the decision to consolidate the middle schools.
Superintendent Anthony Pack says staff members retiring at the end of the school year will impact the consolidation plan. They need to get retirement requests in writing before the board can move forward.
He suggested they hold off until the next meeting to make a decision. This will give the school board enough time to implement consolidation for the 2012/2013 school year if they vote to pass the proposal. "For us, it's a matter of planning, and preparation for the next year. We're already planning for next year in January, so if we wait too much longer, we may not be able to accomplish all the movement and shifting that needs to take place," says Pack.
The school board will vote on the consolidation plan at the next school board meeting on Tuesday, Februrary 21st. If it does pass, all 7th and 8th grade students will move to Banks Stephens Middle School. All 6th graders will attend William Hubbard in the upcoming school year.