Reconfiguration Meetings Head to West Gadsden High School

Reconfiguration Meetings Head to West Gadsden High School
Posted at 5:25 PM, Feb 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-27 13:15:57-05

GREENSBORO, Fla. (WTXL) - The Gadsden County school board is in week three of its community meetings about reconfiguring the district and so far, the proposal has faced significant resistance.

After meetings in Gretna, Quincy and Chattahoochee, residents have been vocal about schools that may close or merge.

Tonight, that conversation heads to West Gadsden High school.

It's planned to become a middle school, sending more than 250 students to East Gadsden, which would be the county's only public high school.

In the last meeting, board chair Isaac Simmons said something has to be done to improve the district.

"Ten years ago, we didn't have to compete against private schools, parochial schools, charter schools, homeschools -- we have almost 500 kids in homeschools in Gadsden County," said Simmons. "So, we're in the business of competing. Basically, what the superintendent is saying -- that we need to get ourselves positioned, so we can compete against anybody."

WTXL ABC 27's Stephen Jiwanmall will be at tonight's meeting, which starts at six. He'll have a full report in your news at 11.