HERKIMER, N.Y.-- Starting in September of 2018, the sixth graders of the Herkimer Central School District will have a change of scenery.
At the school board meeting Wednesday night, the decision to reconfigure the district was approved unanimously.
Sixth grade students will no longer attend the elementary school. Instead, they will occupy empty rooms in the junior high wing of the high school, leaving more space for younger students in the elementary school.
School officials say the reconfiguration will also help transition sixth graders to the demands of middle school. They will follow the same schedule as the seventh and eighth graders.
As for parents with concerns about younger students moving to a more mature educational environment, Superintendent Robert Miller said the following in an email to NEWSChannel 2:
"We use grade location in the building currently to segregate 7th and 8th grade students from high school students. We will locate 6th grade students in the building such that there will be minimal contact between older and younger students."