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Harrisburg bringing back middle school this fall

The district will be hiring a principal to oversee the middle school after eliminating the position for the 2019-2020 school year.

Posted: Feb 24, 2020 6:52 PM

HARRISBURG, Ore. -- The Harrisburg School District is getting its middle school back after it was eliminated during the 2019-2020 school year, Superintendent Bryan Starr said.

The school board voted to consolidate the school district last year because of a budget shortfall caused by low enrollment, Starr said.

During the 2019-2020 school year, they have used a kindergarten through sixth grade elementary school, and a seventh through 12th grade high school, and they eliminated the middle school principal position.

Starr said they are switching back after receiving more than $700,000 from the Student Success Act.

"It was made very evident by people that we needed to go back to a three school structure again," Starr said.

RELATED: Harrisburg School Board votes to eliminate middle school

Not only will they once again have all sixth through eighth graders under one roof, but they are also adding the fifth graders to the middle school, Starr said.

"It puts a few more students in with the middle school principal to manage and a couple more staff, and so it takes more pressure of the elementary principal," Starr said.

Along with hiring a new principal and staff member, Starr said they will be using other funds from the Student Success Act to hire full-time behavioral health experts and add physical education to the elementary school.

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