The Hardin County Board of Education voted unanimously tonight to accept a plan that would bring students from the West Point Independent School district into the Hardin County Schools district.
The West Point Board of Education voted in January, 2020 to enter into negotiations with Hardin County Schools that could possibly lead to a merger of the two districts. Since then, HCS Superintendent Teresa Morgan, West Point Interim Superintendent Sally Sugg, Hardin County Board of Education Chair Charlie Wise and West Point Board of Education Chair Eddie Moore began work on an agreement. The West Point Board of Education approved the agreement at its meeting on Tuesday, February 18.
“This entire process has been about putting children first,” Morgan said. “We know that this has been an emotional time for students, families and staff of West Point Independent School. We want everyone involved to know that our district will take excellent care of everyone involved and will make this transition as seamless as possible.”
Here are some points of note from the agreement that begins July 1, 2020:
- Preschool and Kindergarten students from West Point will attend North Park Elementary School.
- First through fifth grade students from West Point will attend Vine Grove Elementary School.
- Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students from West Point will attend James T. Alton Middle School in Vine Grove.
- Students that are entering ninth grade in 2020-21 school year will attend North Hardin High School.
Currently, as well as in years past, high school students (9th – 12th grades) from West Point attended Elizabethtown High School (part of Elizabethtown Independent Schools). According to the agreement, West Point students that will be in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades (in 2020-21) can still attend Elizabethtown High School if they so choose and they can stay through their individual graduation dates.”
“Everyone has worked very well together,” Wise said. “All of us have had a student-centered focus and made decisions that help all students succeed. The merging of these two districts is the right move at the right time. I greatly respect West Point’s Board for making a very difficult decision and keeping the interest of their students first. We are fully committed to making this a smooth transition and look forward to seeing these students continue to thrive.”
Administrators from North Park, Vine Grove, James T. Alton and North Hardin are working on plans to visit with West Point families at West Point School soon. Students and families from West Point will also be offered opportunities to tour their new schools at times when other individuals are not in the buildings.
“We want the families from West Point to have our full attention as they learn more about Hardin County Schools, ask questions and offer suggestions that would make the transition even easier for students,” Morgan added.
There will also be times for the students and families who live in West Point to attend events at each school aimed at welcoming them to the district.
“Our most important goal in all of this is to ensure that every student, parent, guardian and staff member (that may come to our district as a result of this merger) feels welcome,” Morgan said. “Students have a desire to learn and it is our job to fill that desire, no matter where they reside. I’m excited to greet everyone with open arms and tell them how happy we are to have them.”