Potential Merger of Metcalfe and Rawlings Elementary Schools
There are more than 20 public elementary schools in Alachua County, but that number could shrink by the start of the next school year. The school district is looking at a plan that could mean big changes for Rawlings and Metcalfe Elementary schools in Northeast Gainesville.
A preliminary plan would send all kindergarten through fifth-grade students from both schools to Metcalfe. Rawlings would become an Early Childhood Learning Center. District officials said the changes would save about $1 million and will not result in any layoffs. Teachers would follow their students, and any displaced staff would be reassigned within the district.
"Really what you'll have is a more traditionally-sized school serving students that are already close to both schools," said Jackie Johnson, spokesperson for Alachua County Public Schools.
Principals at both Rawlings and Metcalfe said they have notified their staff members about the potential merger. A decision from the school board is expected in the next two months. If approved, the changes would be in place by next fall.
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