AYP school annexes

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - If your child is planning on transferring schools in Muscogee County next year, there are some changes you should know about. If students choose to go to the two AYP schools in the county, they might be going to an annex instead.

Only two high schools in Muscogee County, Hardaway and Northside, made Advanced Yearly Progress, or AYP, last year.

Valerie Fuller with the Muscogee County School District explained, "We have excellent educators all over the Muscogee County School District, we have excellent students all over the Muscogee County School District, but there are different reasons why some schools don't make AYP."

Meaning students in "Needs Improvement" schools could transfer to the AYP schools for the 2009-2010 school year.

"We're talking about those in the Needs Improvement status: Spencer, Kendrick, Jordan and Carver High schools," Fuller told News Leader Nine.

But in the past year, Fuller says that big move caused some problems, "With bell times, increased class schedules at Northside and Hardaway, those schools are at and over capacity. The district had to come up with a plan to help meet the law but also use the space available in current schools."

At the weekend school board retreat, members came up with a solution for over-crowding, by still offering choices for families.

"We've gotten consensus to move forward with possibly having an annex. By that we mean a Hardaway annex at the Jordan Vocational School campus and a Northside annex at the Kendrick High School campus," added Fuller.

Students who choose to transfer to these AYP schools will have Hardaway and Northside teachers, they will just meet in spare classrooms at the annexed schools.

To clear up the details and address concerns from parents, the Muscogee County School District is holding a series of town hall meetings about the school transfer. The first one is being held at Carver High School Monday night at six.

The other meetings will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the following locations/dates:

February 3, 2010 - Kendrick High School Auditorium

February 4, 2010 - Jordan High School Auditorium

February 9, 2010 - Spencer High School Auditorium

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