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Junior high officials brace for influx of sixth-graders

August 22, 2011

Crossing guard Justin Gonzales, right, leads children and parents across the street at the Goliad/Moss campus this morning. Today is the first day of the 2011-2012 school year and motorists are advised to be extra-cautious when driving in school zones. (HERALD photo/Steve Reagan)

Big Spring sixth-graders are moving up in the world.

Of all the changes that will take place at Big Spring Independent School District this school year — which begins Monday — the one that gains the most notice is all the construction projects going on at campus sites around town. But another change, this one not quite as noticeable, is the addition of sixth-graders to the junior high school population.

BSISD officials announced their intention to move sixth-graders when they made plans for a $60 million construction bond which passed voter muster in 2010.

The move will accomplish a long-standing district goal: to cut down the moves students must make as they progress through grades at BSISD.

At a majority of Texas school districts, students move twice — from elementary to junior high, then to high school. Until this school year at Big Spring, however, students made three moves — from elementary (grades kindergarten through fourth) to Goliad Intermediate (grades 5 and 6), then to the junior high (grades 7 and 8) before finishing up at high school.

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