Abbeville City School restructuring a success

By: Rayne McKenzie Email
By: Rayne McKenzie Email

The high school has incorporated 7th and 8th graders. Kindergarten is now kindergarten through 3rd grade.
Students are back in the classroom but this year the high school has a lot more students to accommodate.

Abbeville High School Principal Dale Barnes said, "It's really a lot smoother than I had anticipated. I knew there would be some problems and the biggest we've had is trying to feed the kids at lunch. We used to feed 340 now we are feeding 550."

Despite minor adjustments the move has been successful and school officials say very necessary.

Abbeville City Schools Superintendent Dennis Coe said, "Here we had one school the middle school that had lost students. Our enrollment had dropped to where structurally we could not develop a schedule. They would have had the same math, science, social studies and history teacher for two years in a row and our class sizes would have been in the forties."

The new system benefits both teachers and students.

Coe said, "Realigning our schools and moving the seventh and eighth grade children to the high school gave us more flexibility, lowered class sizes and allowed the children to have more of a variety of teachers."

High school administrators have worked out a lunch and break schedule to keep 7th through 9th graders apart from 10th through 12th graders. Some parents were originally concerned about the age variance at the school, but so far no major problems have been reported.

The number of discipline problems at the high school has increased slightly because of the influx in students, but administrators say that is to be expected and they have it under control.

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