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Merrill Considers Moving 5th Graders to Middle School

11 Oct News

The Merrill School District is considering moving their 5th grade students into Prairie River Middle School.

The recommendation comes based on current space needs at two of the district’s elementary schools, Washington and Jefferson. At this month’s board meeting, October 21, they will discuss and possibly vote on the proposal.

One of the reasons why the administrators supported this option is that unlike others that were considered, moving the fifth grade class does not require significant program changes or construction of additional space.

District Administrator Walter Leipart, says, “The recommendation made by the administration to move fifth grade to the middle school takes into consideration all students, and especially those who would be most impacted in the first year.”

That first year would be in 2014-2015. The recommendation does not include the Maple Grove Charter School, which would continue to house classes from kindergarten through grade five.