NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Parents of students at a Norfolk middle school scheduled to be closed will receive their new middle school assignments Thursday evening.
Norfolk Public Schools is planning to close Lafayette-Winona Middle School for one year before reopening the school as an International Baccalaureate/STEM school for grades 3 through 8. The school has had chronically low test scores.
An information session is scheduled Thursday at 5:30 p.m. for parents of students at the middle school. There, they will learn which new school their children will attend for the next school year.
Once students have their new school assignments, their families will be able to attend open house/orientation meetings at the new schools.
10 On Your Side talked to some parents who were not excited about the proposed closure of Lafayette Winona Middle School.
“You’re talking about dispersing the kids into different schools, you’re talk about moving the same teachers to different schools, you need to train the teachers to provide the message or education to the kids along with dispersing the kids,” said parent Renee Church. “You move the kids to another school you, and you move the teachers all you are doing is moving the problem around.”
The School Board approved the closure March 19, but a final vote will be held at a later date. A public hearing will be held April 28 at 6 p.m. at the school before the final vote takes place.