Millersburg students poised to transition to Fairfield

May 1—MILLERSBURG — There are simply 46 junior excessive schoolers projected to attend Millersburg Elementary-Middle School subsequent college 12 months.

Fairfield Community Schools is making an attempt to make a proposed drastic change within the district a little bit bit simpler for seventh and Eighth-grade mother and father and students.

On Wednesday, the Fairfield Community Schools Board of Trustees hosted a piece session with mother and father and workers of Millersburg college to deal with the scenario.

Last 12 months lecturers of Millersburg Elementary-Middle School helped to fill vacant roles on emergency licenses. An English instructor stuffed in to train sixth via Eighth-grade science, a social research instructor stuffed in to train sixth via Eighth-grade Intro to Business, and an elementary music instructor stuffed in for the sixth via Eighth grade Exploring Music class.

In order to keep their positions and hold the roles stuffed, lecturers would wish to return to faculty for added licensure.

“If we don’t change the programming, teachers will have to complete college coursework to continue, and that will be out of their own pocket and that’s something that wasn’t a desire to a lot of them,” Cannon stated.

But within the final 5 weeks, Cannon defined, Fairfield Jr./Sr. High School has misplaced two English lecturers, a Math instructor, and a German instructor. Two of these lecturers had been on the junior excessive stage. Student enrollment is dropping throughout the district for quite a lot of causes however at Fairfield Jr./Sr. High School, there are roughly 300 junior excessive students.

“When we looked at the positions that were open, we had a choice,” Cannon stated. “We can hire new teachers for that position, or we have teachers there that can fill that position. The problem is if we don’t fill those, and these enrollment numbers keep declining, we have a two-fold problem. We have a situation where maybe next year we have to lay off a teacher because we simply don’t have the numbers to support.”

Last Friday, district management met with junior excessive lecturers to get their ideas on the topic and Cannon stated the response was constructive.

“We knew that we could replace the teachers over there with teachers over here and also make room for kiddos here going into 7th and 8th grade,” she stated.

The proposed transitory plan would see Millersburg seventh and Eighth graders changing into Fairfield seventh and Eighth graders, however solely part-time for the 2024-25 college 12 months.

Millersburg junior excessive students would attend lessons at Fairfield Jr./Sr. High School for 1st via fifth interval, clustered collectively, after which return to Millersburg for sixth and seventh interval. Three lecturers, one for English, one for Math, and one for Social Studies, would switch with them.

Millersburg Elementary-Middle School Principal Wade Jagger supplied a draft schedule that the district continues to be finding out, with Electives for 1st interval, English for 2nd interval, WIN (Interventions) for third interval, Social Studies for 4th interval, and Science in fifth interval, earlier than being transported again to Millersburg at 1:30 p.m. At Millersburg, they’d take Art and Music or PE and a Foreign Language, relying on the grade.

The proposed plan would enable junior excessive students on the college to proceed to simply transition to after-school actions together with sporting occasions on the Millersburg campus, however students would even be permitted to attend applications on the Fairfield campus as effectively, and Eighth graders may nonetheless go on the annual Washington D.C. journey.

In addition to the change in school areas, the district can also be planning to provide a morning research corridor for its Millersburg junior excessive schoolers from 7:30-8 p.m. In order to honor the varsity’s closely Amish inhabitants, the research corridor would enable for students to proceed to not deliver residence their laptops as typically as doable, by finishing work on campus.

Sixth-grade students would revert again to being elementary college students. In-district transfers for elementary students would nonetheless be accepted.

The following college 12 months, 2025-26, Millersburg can be reconfigured by board vote to a Ok-6 Millersburg Elementary School.

The largest considerations for fogeys weren’t associated to the varsity transition, however transportation. In reality, one man blamed among the lack of students on the district’s poor transportation system. Some students get on the bus as early as 6:30 a.m. and do not get residence till virtually 4 p.m. Cannon stated whereas transportation and busing will not be addressed earlier than the top of the 12 months, routes will probably be remapped over the summer season.

Dani Messick is the training and leisure reporter for The Goshen News. She could be reached at [email protected] or at 574-538-2065.

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