The proposal to combine Frost Middle, Valley Prep and Stuart has been approved. Frost Middle will be closed and these students will be moved to Stuart. JCPS plans to sell the Frost Middle School building and they estimate they will see approximately $425,000 in savings per year.
Changes will go into effective for the 2016-2017 school year. Stuart will now house sixth, seventh and eighth grade academies. Students who will be eighth graders at Valley in the fall, will stay at Valley.
Superintendent Donna Hargens believes this change will improve the chances for students achievement. Some board members were concerned that the decision was made too quickly, but proponents for the merge said the decision needed to be made now to ensure there was enough time to hire a principal and to hire more staff.