December 13, 2016
By Mickey Powell
MARTINSVILLE – Moving fifth grade to Martinsville Middle School was a bad decision, according to city public schools Superintendent Zeb Talley.
He told the Martinsville School Board Monday night that changing the fifth grade led to lower student achievement and parent dissatisfaction. At his recommendation and with little discussion, the School Board voted unanimously to move the grade back to Albert Harris and Patrick Henry elementary schools for the next academic year.
Logistics of the move and cost factors have not yet been determined, Talley said before the meeting.
“It will take some planning,” he said.
All fifth-graders were moved to the middle school in 2015 due to budget constraints. School officials at that time contended they basically had two choices: Consolidate all elementary students at one school or move fifth grade to the middle school alongside grades 6 through 8, according to a previous Martinsville Bulletin report.
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