POSSIBLE CHANGES TO MAGNET SCHOOL

Possible changes and consolidation could be coming to the Tuscaloosa Magnet School, despite it’s ranking as the number one middle school in the state.

A consulting firm out of Ohio was hired to create a plan for the future for Tuscaloosa City Schools. The plan was presented by the superintendent to the board on Tuesday night. It includes plans to consolidate the one centrally located Tuscaloosa Magnet School to multiple programs within existing school buildings, closing the central campus.

Concerned parents from the school met on Thursday morning to discuss ways they could act in support of the school and prevent it’s potential changes. Parents say the one, centrally located campus is one of the school’s strongest attributes.

Tuscaloosa City Schools representative’s told WVUA 23’s Jack Royer that this plan is part of a dynamic look at what’s best for the system in the future and is in the best interest of students, parents, and the system.

The Tuscaloosa Magnet School attempts to create a higher quality, diverse education experience for children from across the Tuscaloosa Public School system by accepting the top 7 percent of applicants each year. Enrollment at the school is just 141 students, despite over 800 applications received.

Parents would like to see more resources be given to what they say is an incredible program. The school board will vote on the superintendent’s recommendation at the next board meeting on September 15th.

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