Abbeville looks at school re-aligning

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

Lack of funding mixed with low enrollment is causing a shift of grade placement for Abbeville schools.

"We are seeing a decline in the enrollment, primarily at the schools in Abbeville and I think we anticipated this when we lost the textile plant."

Superintendent of Henry County Schools, Dennis Coe, says job losses are the main cause of low enrollment in the area.

With a 10 percent unemployment rate in Henry County, the area is losing residents and students.

"Basically what we would have ended up with would have been one core academic teacher in each subject area teaching both 7th and 8th grade and you would have ended up with anywhere to 35-40 children in the class."

Here's how the re-alignment will work.

Kindergarten through 3rd grade students will attend Abbeville Elementary and 4th through 6th grade students will go to the middle school and 7th through 12th will fill Abbeville high.

As different as it may seem to many about this new change, surprisingly enough, this is not the first time a re-alignment has taken place.

"When I first started teaching here the grades here were 4 through 6 and 7 through 12 were at the high school," Becky Williams said.

A 6th grade teacher Williams say it worked well then and is hoping it will work well now. But some students are a bit skeptical about the change.

”I already talked to some high school students and they say its already tight over there as it is, so we might be even more packed."

Coe says while this is not the ideal move to save funds, it's something that has to be done.

School officials say the change will most likely save between 1-to-2-hundred thousand dollars.

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