Calcasieu Schools reconfigure grades for 2015 year

Published: Aug. 1, 2015 at 12:47 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 30, 2015 at 12:47 AM CDT
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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - With school just around the corner, Calcasieu Parish Schools want to remind parents and students of grade reconfigurations this year.

"Iowa High is now 6-12, and J.I. Watson which historically was PreK-8 is now PreK-5," said Kirby Smith with the school district.

Smith says Iowa High taking in grades 6-8 has been a long time coming, and is just one of many changes in the parish this year.

"In Westlake, our two elementary schools located there, they've also gone through that primary and secondary reconfiguration," said Smith.

Now, Westwood Elementary will serve PreK-2, while Western Heights Elementary will take on all students in grades 3-5.

"At Westwood Elementary, we did have some capacity issues," explained Smith, "The school was a bit over crowded."

Not only will the change alleviate enrollment issues, but Smith says it will provide students with a more focused curriculum.

"Again, the old adage is 'You learn to read, and then you read to learn.' So that primary setting PreK-2, will really allow us to focus on that," said Smith.

Also making the change, are four elementary schools in Lake Charles:

J.D. Clifton - PreK-2
Combre Fondel - 3-5
J.J. Johnson - PreK-2
Ralph Wilson - 3-5

Smith says along with literacy, and enrollment, these changes help the overall success of the district.

"By making these schools more efficient, by putting more students in a grade in one location," said Smith, "It allows us to keep those schools open and improve the economy to scale for those areas."

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