What’s next for Lafayette Parish schools that are gaining 5th grade classes?

LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – The Lafayette Parish School Board is planning to add fifth grade classes to several elementary schools across the district.

Woodvale is one of three elementary schools gaining fifth grade classes for the 2017-2018 school year.

Monique Vidos, Principal of Woodvale, said, “The next step is to first receive probably two portable buildings on my campus because at this time Woodvale does not have the space to accommodate fifth graders.”

Woodvale is not planning on hiring new teachers for the incoming classes.

“More than likely the teachers who teach at those middle school campuses,” said Vidos, “will be brought in to teach the fifth graders here on the elementary campuses.”

Some teachers believe this will help both students and parents when it comes to transitioning into a middle school setting.

“I think it’ll be a very positive thing for the students as well as the parents because a middle school campus can be overwhelming for a fifth grader,” said Woodvale fourth grade teacher Stephanie Vallot, “Just giving them that extra year in an elementary school setting, I think, will be beneficial.”

Schools gaining 5th grade classes in 2016-2017:

Evangeline Elementary

Green T. Lindon Elementary

Westside Elementary

Schools losing 5th grade classes in 2016-2017:

Acadian Middle

Youngsville Middle

Scott Middle

Schools gaining 5th grade classes in 2017-2018:

Broadmoor

Katharine Drexel

Woodvale

Schools losing 5th grade classes in 2017-2018:

Edgar Martin

Broussard Middl

J. Alleman

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