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Decision to close middle school leaves questions for parent with special needs child

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The JCPS board voted in favor of closing the school Monday night. The JCPS board voted in favor of closing the school Monday night.
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A drastic decision by the Jefferson County School Board to close one of their underachieving schools is leaving some parents wondering what will happen to their children.

Kristi Mudd's daughter, 13-year-old Megan, is a 6th grade student at Myers Middle School.

"Love it, love the teachers, love the classroom," said Mudd. Megan has Downs syndrome and is in the school's Exceptional Child Education or ECE program.

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The Jefferson County Board of Education voted Monday night to approve a district plan that would close Myers and reassign all students to other schools this fall.

The 6th graders will be divided out to 10 other middle schools. Seventh and 8th graders will go to Waggener High School, where they will be taught separately from high schoolers.

So, what will happen to the 20 special needs students like Megan?

"We just want them together," said Mudd.

JCPS said they are still trying to figure it out. "These are students with specific needs and we need to make we have the right resources for them," said JCPS spokesperson Ben Jackey.

According to the Myers Middle School proposal, students participating in English as a Second Language (ESL) and Exceptional Child Education (ECE) programs will be placed in units based on programmatic needs, space, and transportation considerations.

"We are exhausting all efforts to do what is right for the students," said Jackey.

Mudd said her daughter needs structure and consistency. She said separating her daughter from teachers and friends she is familiar with, will hold her back.

"She has had her best friend she has been to school with since grade school," said Mudd. "They would be heartbroken if they were torn apart."

Jackey said the district plans to meet with ECE parents this week to hear their concerns and see how to best meet their needs.

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