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Bluffton parents react to decision not to reconfigure grades

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Bluffton High School and the two middle schools are not going back to their normal grade levels next school year as originally planned.

In an effort to handle the overcrowding at the high school, the board voted in 2010 to reconfigure the grades in each school. But the board says now all of the schools are overcrowded, so putting the grades back to normal will create an even bigger problem.

The board moved the 9th graders to H.E. McCracken Middle School with the 8th graders. The 6th and 7th graders were moved to Bluffton Middle School, and that freed up space in the high school, which now only has 10th through 11th graders in it.

"Elementary was for elementary, middle school was for 6th through 8th grades, and high school was for 9th through 12th. It's not like that anymore, everything is just all mixed up and confusing," said Shannon Sekanina, mother of Bluffton student."

Many parents say it's confusing, and it's not a solution.

"I really don't see a solution, and I really don't think this is productive for the school system," said Johnna Stimsman, mother of Bluffton student.

Stimsman's daughter is now home schooled. She said the overcrowding is part of the reason. So were the trailers.

"She was here in 7th grade. The trailers during the rain and mud, it was just very uncomfortable and not beneficial for the learning environment," she said.

The school board says this is not a permanent solution.

The board will not reconfigure the grades for the next school year because they do not think there is enough time to get each school ready to handle all of the students by the start of the new school year.

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