School board set to vote on Frost Middle School transition


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on December 9, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 9 at 6:17 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)--  School board members at Frost Middle School are scheduled to vote tonight on a plan to transition seventh and eighth graders to Valley High School, making Frost a sixth grade academy.

It’s a move supported by many school board members, but parents are not so sure.

At Frost Middle, parents are beginning to hear about a restructuring plan that could affect their kids.

Kamesha Osbourne has a daughter in the 6th grade and she's not so sure about her going off to high school as only a 7th grader

“I don't want her to go to the high school,” Osbourne said. “She says she doesn't even like Valley. We will probably switch schools anyway. She probably won't go to Valley, "

Frost’s history as a low performing school is one of the main reasons for the proposed transition.  Some believe that the shakeup might change things.

“I think the 7 and 8th grade will benefit for the closer connection to the high school and the possibility of that career tech program," said school board member, Linda Duncan.

The proposal would also allow for extended school hours to make the transition smoother. Duncan said the addition of hours needs to be examined more closely to see if it is a benefit to students or overwhelms teachers.

“Do we have data that backs up that longer days really improves scores," Duncan said.

Still, some parents worry that it’s too much, too soon.

Barry Harper, a parent to a student that could be affected by the  transition, said the move can be “very intimidating.”

“It can be counterproductive, to me," he said.

If the proposal passes it will go into effect in the 2014-2015 school year.