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JCPS board votes in favor of closing middle school

LOUISVILLE (WAVE) - Myers Middle School couldn't live up to its own welcome marquee, which reads, "success is the only option."

Hundreds of middle school students will be reassigned to other schools when the Jefferson County Public School closes after this academic year.

Students and staff will be "repurposed" and the building will be used for something else during the 2014-2015 school year.

[VIEW: PowerPoint Proposal to Repurpose Myers Middle School]

The changes take affect this fall.

JCPS Board of Education members voted to reassign incoming 6th graders to one of ten other schools. Those schools include The Academy @ Shawnee, Carrithers, Highland, Meyzeek, Newburg, Noe, Ramsey, Thomas Jefferson, Western and Westport.

Upcoming 7th and 8th graders will be sent to Waggener High School. Students will be separated from high schoolers and participate in middle school activities, according to JCPS.

All impacted families will be able to apply for a transfer to another school. Myers parent Tracy Ruth is considering that option.

"I feel let down. I feel like they let her down. It's obvious what the problem is at Myers. There's a lot of inconsistency. There's a lot of behavioral issues. And when there's behavior issues and not consistency it's a free for all," Ruth said.

JCPS board members deciphered through a lot of data, pointing out only 17 percent of Myers students are proficient in reading and math.

However, some board members still felt like there wasn't a clear reason why.

"We still do not have a diagnosis why Myers failed," District 2 Vice-Chairman David Jones said.

JCPS administrators may ask board members to use the building as an early childhood development center, according to Jones.

"I think the school and teachers did what they could with what they had. I think more support should've been there for this school early on. I just don't think they ever had the tools to be successful," Ruth said.

Teachers and staff will not be cut. Some will follow students while others will be reassigned throughout the district, according to JCPS Spokesman Ben Jackey.

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