Parental input sought in school restructuring

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Battle Ground — Parents of students at Maple Grove primary and middle schools are invited to a 10 a.m. Saturday meeting at the middle school cafeteria.

The topic of the meeting will be possible drastic changes coming up at the schools after the primary school did not make Adequate Yearly Progress under federal rules.

Students at the primary school have not passed their reading tests in adequate numbers, state records show. The federal No Child Left Behind law mandates that schools that receive certain federal monies must choose from among a list of harsh reforms if they don’t meet the standards.

Those reforms could include removing some of the teaching or administrative staff, allowing parents to send their kids to higher-performing schools or shutting down the school altogether, which rarely is done.

Staff at the school met with district officials and an outside facilitator Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, it’s the parents’ turn to weigh in on the process.

Only the primary school is obligated to reform, but district officials said they will make changes at both schools, as they consider them to be a unit.