Fayetteville school district schedules five public meetings on lower grade reconfiguration

A northbound view of construction at Fayetteville High School from the top of the newly renamed Stadium Drive.

Photo: Todd Gill, Flyer staff

With ninth-graders set to move into an expanded Fayetteville High School in 2015, officials are looking to reconfigure the lower grades and distribute enrollment at all of the district’s schools.

To better gauge public opinion on the administration’s reconfiguration plan, the district has scheduled five public meetings to be held at separate schools throughout the city in June.

A district committee has recommended keeping kindergarten through fourth-graders in elementary schools while moving fifth- and sixth-graders into middle schools and seventh- and eighth-graders into junior high schools.

Some parents have suggested reconfiguring the middle and junior high schools to hold all fifth- through eighth-graders, but district officials say participation in existing programs such as band and athletics could be jeopardized under that plan without significant cost increases in transportation and staffing.

All meetings will begin at 6 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, June 6: Owl Creek School cafeteria
  • Monday, June 11: McNair Middle School cafeteria
  • Tuesday, June 12: Holt Middle School cafeteria
  • Wednesday, June 13: Woodland Jr. High cafeteria
  • Thursday, June 14: Ramay Jr. High cafeteria

» Visit the district’s reconfiguration website

» Visit a Facebook page set up by concerned parents