Puyallup (Wash.) School District Won’t Move to Middle School Grade Configuration

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Puyallup (Wash.) School District won’t be switching to a middle school grade configuration anytime soon.

The school board this morning voted unanimously to disband the committee that’s been studying a possible switch and leave the grade layout alone.

Puyallup officials said the district already has implemented some reforms to improve instruction in the middle grades, but doesn’t have the space at its high schools to add ninth-graders.

“We’re starting to (overcrowd) the high schools even with the (existing) 10-12 configuration,” said Greg Heath, school board president.

Puyallup soon will be the only large district in the county using the junior high model. The Bethel School District will start its transition to middle schools this coming school year.

Here’s Puyallup’s news release:

The school board unanimously agreed this morning to keep district schools in a K-6, 7-9, and 10-12 grade configuration and discontinue further study of a middle school model.

In making the recommendation to the board, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional and Organizational Alignment Casey Cox cited cost and space constraints as key reasons for keeping the existing grade level structure.


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