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District to Discuss Shifting Students Between Buildings

Durand Schools Considers Moving 8th Graders Back to Middle School and 5th Graders to Robert Kerr Elementary

Posted by Durand Now at 8:37pm 1/26/19

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Keith George

There was a time that Durand's elementary schools housed K though sixth grade, Durand's middle school was home to the district's seventh and eighth graders, and Durand High School was for freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors.

In recent years, however, the buildings have been organized differently.  Bertha Neal Elementary has the district's youngest students, through first grade.  Second, Third and Fourth graders head to class at Robert Kerr, and fifth and sixth graders attend Durand Middle School, along with the district's seventh grade students.  Eight graders are high schoolers, along with the district's traditional ninth through twelfth grades.

This may soon change.

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The district is planning an informational meeting on Wednesday January 30th, 6:30pm, in the middle school cafeteria, to discuss with and take questions from parents and community members about the proposed scenario of shifting fifth grade students back into Robert Kerr Elementary and moving the district's eight graders back to the middle school.

While those responding to a post on the district's Facebook page all indicated they're in favor of the change, former Durand music teacher, Vicki Hoisington noted that when she was last at the district, four years ago, every classroom at Robert Kerr was full.  "Where are they going to get the extra rooms for fifth grade classrooms," she asked, adding "I was teaching music on a cart."

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