HARRODSBURG - The alignment changes for the newly merged Mercer County school system were described at a special meeting of the Mercer County Board of Education when principals of schools this school year and the principals of schools in the next school year presented their improvement plans for the upcoming school year.
The changes in locations of schools and their grade makeup for the next school year will, in some ways, continue a transition phase in the 2008-2009 school year after the new Mercer County Senior High School building is completed and open to students.
A fifth-grade academy is the most temporary change for the 2007-2008 school year. All of the schools' fifth-graders will be in classes held at the former Harrodsburg Middle School, but in the following year, fifth graders will be placed back in the elementary schools, according to Mike Barnard, assistant instructional supervisor for elementary schools.
Dana Cobb will be the principal for the fifth-grade academy. Harlow Elementary school will house all pre-schoolers while Mercer County Elementary School will house kindergartners. Both schools also will have pupils in first through fourth grades.