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McKinleyville School Board to discuss reconfiguration

MCKINLEYVILLE- The McKinleyville Union Elementary School Board is expected to make their decision over the fate of the elementary schools on Wednesday at a special meeting. The board will consider a plan that would split two elementary schools, making Dows Prairie Elementary serve kindergarten through second grade and Morris Elementary School serve third through fifth graders.

Currently, both schools serve K-5 grads where Morris offers a language immersion program unlike Dows Prairie. Superintendent Michael Davies-Hughes made the recommendation to the board based on Dows Prairie's high enrollment and, what some said, is an inequality between the two elementaries.

The School Board discussed the proposal at a April 9th meeting where 150 community members attended. Since the meeting Davies-Hughes has meet with parents at both elementary schools to discuss the proposal.

The school board will discuss other options to the proposal including suspending the language immersion program all together or transition all schools into k-8. They will meet at a special meeting Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the McKinleyville Middle School's multipurpose room.