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LAST WEEK: SHOULD DECATUR CHANGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CONFIGURATION?
Decatur’s school board recently approved dividing its elementary grades into five K-2 buildings and two 3-5. The last time City Schools Decatur reconfigured its system was 2004, adopting the current K-3 and 4-5 model. Although that produced a pervasive hue and cry, ultimately the city’s classrooms were flooded, with K-12 enrollment more than doubling in the last 13 years.
In December the original facilities committee gave several reasons favoring reconfiguration: more collaboration between schools, an expansion of the International Baccalaureate program and more community involvement because of the extra year at 3-5.
Superintendent David Dude has said several time that he believes this “a more natural split. You have a balance where students spend three years at each elementary school. And there are natural curriculum changes where, for instance, in K-2 you learn to read, and starting in the third you read to learn.”
However, some may ask, “Why change what ain’t broke?”
Here’s what some readers had to say:
More traffic and headache for weary parents. — Brandice Abrams
This is how schools in Michigan are divided and it's a better more productive system. — Erika Martinez Nutter
Shouldn't the parents have some say in how their kids are taught? What is this based on? Just cost-savings? Or is it a real benefit to learning? I'd like to see some data before I sign off on this. — Concerned Citizen
With such a small school system, Decatur is one place where neighborhood schools should be the norm. I'm not sure that we should experiement on our children. What will we do if this doesn't work? — Ann Williams
Bill Banks for the AJC