TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Wea Ridge Middle School students will be in class an hourearlier when school starts in the fall. The start time will movefrom 8:50 in the morning to 7:50 a.m. The change will allow thedistrict to better coordinate bus routes and do away with studentstransferring buses.
"We feel it's better to separate the middle school. They willride their own routes. They only will bus middle school studentsand that way we'll be able to run Woodland Elementary routes andjust Wea Ridge Elementary routes," said TSC AssistantSuperintendent Susan DeLong.
Only students districted for Wyandotte Elementary will be ableto go the school when it opens in the fall of 2011. Normally, TSCallows students to go to any school in the district as along asparents provide transportation. Superintendent Scott Hanback saidhe wants to avoid overcrowding when the doors opens.
"It's going to give us an idea of the actual students in thisdistrict. We can plan. We can look at the maps we have, but untilthe students walk through the door we just don't know how manystudents will end up being there," he explained.
The district expects between 370 and 420 students to attendWyandotte Elementary. Maximum capacity for the building is 600. Thecorporation hopes to include Wyandotte on the list of openenrollment schools once total enrollment is established.
The principal for Wyandotte Elementary will be Mary BethFitzgerald. She is the current principal of Mayflower MillElementary. Mindy Higgins, the Mayflower Mill Assistant Principal,will become the principal there.
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