The elementary schools in Granville County will keep their K-5 designations, at least for another year, according to Dr. Stan Winborne, associate superintendent and public information officer.
At its Jan. 10 meeting, the Granville Board of Education amended an earlier decision to put sixth grades at the elementary schools next year as part of the consolidation and reconfiguration efforts.
The board voted 6-1 to push that back to the 2023-24 school year. Board member Leonard Peace voted against the motion. In December, the board voted to change all elementary schools to K-6.
“Citing a need for more time to prepare, and to discuss additional possible impacts and scenarios, the board chose to move the date to reconfigure grades out to the 2023-2024 school year,” Winborne said in a press release. The board also cited challenges created by the ongoing pandemic as a reason to delay the decision.
Next steps include a review of a draft study of the closing of G.C. Hawley Middle School in the coming months, Winborne noted. A public forum must be held in advance of any decision regarding the fate of the middle school, but Winborne said a date has not yet been set.