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Students in grades five through nine are most affected by boundary changes

Thursday, October 27, 2011 | 10:15 a.m. CDT; updated 12:23 p.m. CDT, Friday, October 28, 2011

*This story has been corrected to explain the policy for current ninth-graders. Ninth-graders that currently live in an area that will feed into Hickman or Rock Bridge may transfer for grade 10 to the school they are assigned to under new boundaries for 2013.

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COLUMBIA — Regardless of which school boundary scenario is selected for Columbia Public Schools, it will spell changes for students currently in grades five through nine. Reorganization will have less of an effect on students in grades 10 or above or grades four and below.

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According to Wanda Brown, assistant superintendent for secondary education:

Today’s fifth-graders will attend sixth grade in a middle school building in 2012. When changes take affect in 2013, they will be split into two intermediate schools for grades seven and eight. This means some students will stay in the building in which they attended sixth grade and others will move to a different intermediate school.

Today’s sixth-graders will attend seventh grade in a middle school in 2012. When the changes take effect, some students will stay in the same building, and others will go to a different intermediate school.

Today’s seventh-graders will finish seventh grade in a middle school. In 2012, they will transition to a junior high school for eighth grade. In 2013, they will transition to a high school for grade nine.

Today’s eighth-graders will attend grades eight and nine in a junior high. In 2013, they will attend a high school for grade 10.

Today’s ninth-graders will attend grade nine at a junior high. By the end of their ninth-grade year, they will know what high school they will be assigned to. *If they currently live in an area that will feed into Hickman or Rock Bridge, they may transfer for grade 10 to the school they are assigned to under new boundaries for 2013. This allows current ninth-graders to spend three years at one high school.

If they are assigned to Battle High School, they will start attending Battle for grade 11 in 2013. They will become Battle’s first graduating class. Battle will not have seniors that first year.


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ron schmidt October 27, 2011 | 1:29 p.m.

"Today’s ninth-graders will attend grade nine at a junior high. By the end of their ninth-grade year, they will know what high school they will be assigned to. If they currently live in an area that will feed into Hickman or Rock Bridge, they may transfer back to those schools for grades 10 through 12 if the boundaries change."

Does this mean that a current 9th grader who is currently in the RBHS district, but will be switched to the HHS district, can attend RBHS in 10-12 grade? That is how I read it, but I have not heard that this decision had been made yet.

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Tracy Greever-Rice October 27, 2011 | 4:11 p.m.

Interesting, Ron. I read it to mean today's 9th graders can start attending Hickman in the fall of 2012 instead of attending their sophomore year at Rock Bridge and transferring to Hickman as juniors in the fall of 2013 when Battle High opens and totality of redistricting plan is implemented...

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Brendan Gibbons October 31, 2011 | 2:13 p.m.

I'm Brendan Gibbons, the reporter for this story. This has been the source of some confusion, but Tracy's interpretation is correct. In the spring, when today's 9th-graders find out what school they would go to under 2013, they may transfer to that school for fall 2012. This will allow them to spend three years at one school.

A previous version of this story did not have the policy correct. This version has been up since Friday around noon.

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