Should Quincy High freshmen move permanently over to the high school building?
Some school administrators say definitely. At last week's "State of Our Schools" address, QPS Interim Superintendent Dr. Cal Lee recommended that the 9th grade students move over to the high school building as soon as it is feasible.
He says this is because a 9th-12th grade high school system is common, and he says the current system makes the students transition twice.
First, they technically transition to the high school grade level when they become freshmen, but they stay in the junior high building. In 10th grade, they then go to the high school.
Lee says the district has some bonds paid off within the next few years, and hopes that they could get a referendum to construct new buildings. He suggested making a plan for that right now.
School board President Bill Daniels says that the board, as well as members of the community have been in favor of making a more traditional high school system, but the cost and space issues have kept them from doing so.
Monday night, 9th graders and their parents spent some time registering for their classes for their next three years of high school. Freshman Madison Kim says not much is different from being an 8th grader this year.
"It feels mostly the same, but there's more responsibilities and more worries because you now have a grade point average," she said.
Counselor Mike Llewellyn says they do their best to help students transition when they become sophomores. "They get to meet the principal, myself, the counselors, the counseling staff, support people that they can go to," he said.
Daniels says he would support the grades moving buildings, but for now - Kim says she's just looking forward to next year.
"I think mostly the freedom. I know the junior high was a big change from Baldwin, but I hear the senior high will be more fun," she said.
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