Norfolk students to receive new middle school assignments ahead of closure

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by Karen Hopkins, 13News Now

WVEC.com

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.
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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.

 

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