Hagood proposes grade level addition at Parrish Elementary

By NICOLE SMITH
Posted 5/10/19

A solution has been offered to alleviate overcrowding at Oakman Middle School.At Thursday's meeting of the Walker County Board of Education, Superintendent Dr. Joel Hagood asked for the school …

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Hagood proposes grade level addition at Parrish Elementary

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A solution has been offered to alleviate overcrowding at Oakman Middle School.

At Thursday's meeting of the Walker County Board of Education, Superintendent Dr. Joel Hagood asked for the school board's consideration to add seventh grade back to Parrish Elementary School for the upcoming school year. Currently, the school is only Pre-K through sixth grade. 

"That would allow them to have possibly 30 kids who have committed to staying at Parrish," Hagood said.

Hagood has also proposed added eighth grade back to Parrish Elementary for the 2020-21 school year. He said adding additional grades back to the school needs to be a staggered process.

Many Parrish Elementary students transfer to Oakman Middle, only to then have to move to Oakman High School two years later. By adding seventh and eighth grades back to Parrish Elementary, students would only have to change schools for the transition to high school.   

"It alleviates some of the overcrowding at Oakman Middle School. It allows the numbers to improve at Parrish Elementary, and it allows that community to have a little bit of pride in adding some sports back," Hagood said. "It would be huge in maintaining that school."

Adding seventh and eighth grade to Parrish Elementary would allow the school to grow by as many as 60 students. 

"I think it would be good for both communities. Both principals agree," Hagood said.

He added that many current students at Parrish Elementary have expressed interest in playing basketball and volleyball, if teams at the school can be established. Until then, students would be allowed to play those sports in Cordova or Oakman.

Next month's school board meeting on Thursday, June 13, will be held at Parrish Elementary School. Hagood said he will likely ask board members at the meeting to take a vote on grade level additions at Parrish Elementary. 

In other business, the board, heard from attorney Jud Allen that a corrective deed is being prepared, in regards to a piece of land that was deeded from the Walker County school board to the City of Dora. It was later discovered the school board did not own the land, which is why a corrective deed is necessary.