HPS board of trustees to vote on 6th grade academy proposal

HPS board of trustees to vote on 6th grade academy proposal

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Next Tuesday the Hattiesburg Public Schools board of trustees will likely vote on the proposal of a 6th Grade S.T.E.A.M. Academy.

It will acclimate the students into having separate teachers per subject.

This academy will combine all of the approximate 400 6th graders from the school district into one school which will be located at the Lillie Burney campus.

“We want to get them introduced to their career pathways as well as college and career readniness skills earlier. Our students are now in the elementary schools so we want to give them that secondary setting earlier. S.T.E.A.M stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics,” HPS Director of schools Dr Teresa Poole said.

This will be a transition school to ease the students from primary ed into secondary education.

"Most middle schools are grades 6th through 8th, and we have a 7th and 8th grade middle school so we felt that it was a close proximity to the middle school and then that way we could do some collaboration with both structures and also give our 6th graders the secondary experience," said James Bacchus, HPS superintendent.

Two parent meetings will be held this Thursday at Grace Christian Elementary at 6 p.m. and another one at Lillie Burney on Monday at 6 p.m.

The school board will meet on Tuesday.