Fifth Garders On the Move in Newberry
With the population of Newberry growing the elementary school is getting too small, so next year's fifth graders will have a new school to call home.
Oak View Middle School will provide more space for the nearly 90 fifth graders that will transition into middle school a year early.
The school board has agreed to keep the kids together, and moving with them will be their teachers.
Deputy Superintendent, Sandy Hollinger explains the process was first introduced to parents in February before they had a chance themselves to go for an orientation at Oak View last week. Hollinger adds, "Parents said it's going to be hard and there's going to be some changes and we're a little nervous but let's go ahead and its best for kids."
The school board says that it's not uncommon to reassign students from one location to another, it helps maintain smaller classroom sizes which they say is critical to learning.
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