Calhoun, GA - When school starts in the fall of 2017, current seventh grade students at Red Bud Middle School (RBMS) will remain in their current facility for another year. Following feedback from several groups of stakeholders, including local school governance team members, teachers, administrators, and students, the decision has been made to convert RBMS to a traditional 6-8 middle school.
“When we began the concept of an 8th-9th academy in 2014, the goal was to provide an additional transition year for our students before moving into high school,” said Dr. Susan Remillard, Gordon County Schools Superintendent. “However, after three years with this arrangement and the continued growth at Sonoraville High School, the facilities required to house students for this transition period presented challenges we are now forced to address. The need for additional administrative and support personnel has become apparent. This change will address those needs, as well as the necessity to provide daily shuttles for students to and from the high school, and it will provide a more seamless transition for middle school competitive activities, such as athletics.”
“It is our hope that this will be a positive change for all involved, and that our stakeholders understand that we are receptive to feedback, and whenever extenuating circumstances do not prohibit us from doing so, we take into account the input they provide,” said Remillard.
Faculty and staff at RBMS were notified of the changes to take place in 2017-18. Affected parents and students will receive a letter from the district outlining these changes.
Jenny Hayes, principal of RBMS, encouraged her staff to concentrate on finishing out the 2016-17 school year on a positive note and to look forward to welcoming the eighth grade staff and students in the fall. Additionally, she shared her excitement about the opportunities that await them when they return from summer break. “We truly believe that this will provide us with exciting opportunities to support our students and to continue our focus on a positive school culture,” said Hayes. “Please be assured that we will continue our dedication to putting students first, teachers second and what is easiest for us last!”
As the 2016-17 school year comes to a close, Gordon County Schools will work closely with Red Bud Middle and Sonoraville High Schools to ensure a smooth opening in 2017.