East Poinsett County School District considering big changes

East Poinsett County School District considering big changes
Inside hallway of East Poinsett County School

LEPANTO, AR (KAIT) - One school district in Region 8 is thinking about changing the set-up of their elementary schools.

Superintendent for the East Poinsett County School District Micky Pierce sent out a letter to parents on Jan. 2.

The letter informed them that the district was looking in to changing the grade configuration of the elementary schools.

Letter issued to parents by East Poinsett County School District
Letter issued to parents by East Poinsett County School District ((Source: KAIT-TV))

The idea is to make Lepanto Elementary School into a primmary school for kindergarten through second grade.

Tyronza Elementary School would become an intermediate school for third through sixth grades.

Pierce has been in discussions with the Administrator’s Association, the Arkansas Public School Resource Center and the Department of Education to learn more about how this would benefit students.

“There are academic incentives and social incentives for putting those kids together at earlier ages," Pierce said. “Focusing the instruction and focusing the buildings.”

Parents and grandparents in the area are concerned about what the change might mean for students and transportation.

The distance between the two schools is twelve miles.

Grandfather Roger Morgan takes his two granddaughters to school and is worried.

“They’ll have to start getting up a lot earlier," Morgan said. "And the people who work, it’s just going to put more stress on everybody. It’s going to affect the parents and the kids.”

Two meetings are scheduled to let parents voice their opinion.

The first meeting will take place on Jan. 8 in the Lepanto cafeteria.

The second will happen on Jan. 10 in the Tyronza cafeteria.

Both meetings will will begin at 7:00 p.m.

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