A School Board public hearing on the reassignment plan regarding future and current Huntington Middle School students is scheduled for Tuesday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the School Administration Building, 12465 Warwick Blvd in Newport News. During the February 20 School Board meeting, the Acting Superintendent presented a recommendation regarding the reassignment of future and current Huntington Middle School students. In December, the School Board voted on a resolution that authorized and directed the Superintendent to study and analyze the future needs of the Huntington building including the need to transfer students for the 2018-2019 school year due to its deteriorated condition.
Two Family Forums were held in December and January to gather input from Huntington families and students. Three major themes emerged from these sessions:
- a desire to keep the students together if the students need to transfer from Huntington;
- a request to keep the students close to home in the southeast community;
- and an appeal to allow the students to continue with the teachers and staff with whom they have already formed relationships.
Taking the feedback into consideration, the Acting Superintendent's recommendation includes reassigning current fifth-grade students zoned for Huntington to Hines and Crittenden middle schools, beginning with the 2018-2019 school year. Current sixth and seventh-grade Huntington students would attend school together with their teachers in one wing at Heritage High School next year. Based on current enrollment numbers, Hines Middle and Crittenden Middle could each receive about 80 additional sixth-grade students next year. To maintain the current student-teacher ratios, several Huntington sixth-grade teachers will also transfer to the schools. The School Board is scheduled to vote on the recommended plan to reassign students at its March 27 meeting.