The Meridian School Board voted Monday to reconfigure West End Elementary and Harris Elementary Schools into a single K-5 school.
"That's in line with our other elementary schools," said Superintendent Sylvia Autry. "It also provides a smooth flow, so when a child enters kindergarten they can go all the way through the 5th grade."
"It gives those children a better opportunity to excel, we think, than exists with two separate schools," said board president Fred Wile.
Officials said the move is expected to help the district continue to close the gap in the rate of growth between the district and the state.
"And I predict with certainty that in two years we will close that gap completely and that we will perform on a level that the state does," said Autry.
The leadership at each of the schools will remain in place for the remainder of the school year. One principal is expected to be in charge next year.
Currently, West End Elementary serves students in kindergarten through third grade. Harris, the district's only upper elementary school, serves students in grades four and five.
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