MASSAPEQUA - The Massapequa School District has approved a proposal to move sixth-grade classes up from elementary school to middle school.
A school board meeting was held Tuesday night on the proposal to move all the district's sixth-graders to Alfred G. Berner Middle School. The measure was approved by a vote of 3 to 2.
Superintendent Lucille Iconis says the move will expand educational opportunities for sixth-graders by including foreign languages, science labs and technology studies not possible in elementary school.
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Opponents question the plan's educational benefits, cost and the potential for overcrowding. Some are concerned that sixth-graders may not be emotionally ready for the adjustment.
The change is expected to go into effect in September 2017.