JCPS considers closing Myers Middle School


by Johnny Archer

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 22 at 6:10 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) - The Jefferson County Public Schools board is exploring the option to close Myers Middle School in Hikes Point next school year, but many parents said they are unhappy with that option.

“I think it’s the wrong decision,” Jean Ferguson, who's grandson attends Myers, said.”I just think they need to overhaul the system.”

One reason for the option is due to Myers low academic test score in Kentucky.

“For some reason we really have not been able to increase achievement inside the building,” Ben Jackey, who is a spokesperson for JCPS, said. “So what we propose to the board is to give students the option to go to other schools where the curriculum seems to be working a little bit better.”

There are currently 1,100 students at the school and some parents said they feel sending the students somewhere else in the district will not solve the problem.

“All they are doing is sending the problem somewhere else,” Lauren Aranda, who has a son in 6th grade at Myers, said.

“It’s not the school,” Ferguson said. “They just need to change whatever it is that’s not going right.”

The district is also looking to use Myers for other district purposes, like converting it to an Early Childhood Center or English as Second Language Center.

As for student achievement, Aranda said she believes parents are also to blame.

“I think there’s a problem,” Aranda said. “But I think it has a whole lot to do with the fact that parents are not plugged in. They’re not involved and they’re not doing anything. They just give their kids to JPCS and say, ‘Here raise our kids for us.”