Norfolk students to receive new middle school assignments ahead of closure


by Karen Hopkins, 13News Now

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 24 at 5:19 AM

4/24 UPDATE: There's an information session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday for Lafayette-Winona families of rising sixth, seventh and eighth graders; new middle school assignments will be released and families can meet with the principals of the schools.
NORFOLK— Hundreds of Norfolk students will learn Thursday night where they’ll attend school next year due to the planned closure of Lafayette-Winona Middle School.

“When parents receive their assignments, it’s a proposed reassignment,” school spokeswoman Elizabeth Mather said.

Parents who are not comfortable with the change can work with the student support services team to apply for an out-of-district transfer.

More information here

Last month, the school board approved a plan to close and consolidate several schools to combat declining enrollment and boost student performance.

The plan is to close Lafayette-Winona Middle for at least one year to transform the building into a magnet school. The new school would either be  kindergarten through 8th grade or a 3rd through 8th grade school.

While Lafayette Winona is scheduled to close, the board is still required to have a public hearing. It's Monday, April 28 at 6 p.m. at Lafayette-Winona.   After the hearing, members can vote on the final closure of the school.

Another recommendation is to close Willoughby Elementary and consolidate it with a new Ocean View Elementary. 

Also, school leaders could select a third middle school to shut down. Lake Taylor High School could become a career and technical school. The report also suggests altering elementary school attendance zones in order to expand preschool.