Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Students Settle in a New Setting; Bethune Middle School Opens in Folkston; Eighth-Graders Are Eager to Make History

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Students Settle in a New Setting; Bethune Middle School Opens in Folkston; Eighth-Graders Are Eager to Make History

Article excerpt

Byline: GORDON JACKSON

FOLKSTON - After more than 13 months on the Charlton County High School campus, Curtis Nixon's high school experience is over - at least until August.

And he wasn't the only student to say goodbye to his Charlton High classmates.

All seventh- and eighth-grade students moved from the high school Monday to Bethune Middle School in Folkston.

The new $10 million school houses 650 students from grades four through eight. Fourth- through sixth-graders came from Folkston Elementary School and the old Bethune Elementary School.

Bethune Elementary will remain open until children from pre-K through the third grade move to Folkston Elementary in January.

The seventh- and eighth-graders were moved because some parents, teachers and administrators believe there was too much difference in physical and psychological maturity between the lower grades and upper- class students, some as old as 19 years old.

The sixth grades have shared a campus since 1982 with the opening of the Charlton County Comprehensive High School.

Curtis said he has looked forward to being part of the inaugural class since he learned he and his classmates would move to the new school. He said none of his classmates were upset about it.

"I've been waiting for it," he said. "I'm part of the first eighth-grade class here. I'm excited."

Principal Nora Nettles and other faculty members waited at the doors to usher students to their classrooms Monday.

"These students have flowed through my doors before," she said.

Superintendent Steve McQueen said he was pleased with the smooth transition in the middle of an academic year.

An open house before the Thanksgiving holiday helped acquaint parents and children with the building. McQueen praised teachers for working on their own time to move from one school to another. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.