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Schools ' changes to be discussed at meeting

The McDuffie County Board of Education will hold two public hearings to discuss the reorganization of the middle school and junior high school.

"First, we want input from the public. Plus, we want to share with the public some of the thoughts behind what we're doing," McDuffie County Schools Superintendent Jim LeBrun said.

The hearings are only to discuss the closing of the middle school on Main Street, moving sixth and seventh grade students to the junior high school building on White Oak Road, and moving ninth grade students back to the high school.

According to a public notice, the current Thomson Middle School building on Main Street will be used for one or more of the following: professional learning center, technology services, students services, MEEPS after-school services, alternative education, public community/performing arts center, public meeting hall.

Plans also are to discuss the option of using the building on Main Street as a ninth grade academy.

The BOE also will explain how the Main Street facility is being brought up to fire code requirements. At a recent meeting, board members discussed installing a fire sprinkler system in the building, showing their desire to keep the facility viable.

Web posted on Thursday, April 15, 2010

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