Shuttle Buses to Move Students Attending New Huntington East Middle School

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Joshiah Salter's new school is just a block from his home, but his new school will be closing in a matter of months.

Joshiah is a 6th grader at Huntington East Middle School. As a 6th grader, he'll start the 2013-2014 school year at the old Enslow Middle School, now renamed the Highlawn Campus of Huntington East Middle School.

The newly consolidated school is a school in practice and theory, just not in a new building.

That building, more than 100,000 square feet, is nestled between Norway Avenue and U.S. 60, promising to be the most up-to-date, state-of-the-art, green school in West Virginia.

"Until January of 2014, we want get all the students familiar with their teachers, classmates, and friends," said Jedd Flowers, director of communications with Cabell County Schools. "To start the school year, the students need to go to the same school. They would have gone to the same school that they would have gone to prior the consolidation."

But here's the change: "If you're an incoming sixth grader and would have gone to Enslow Middle School, you'll still go there and ride the school bus like you would have prior to consolidation," Flowers said. "Then the school district will have buses to shuttle students back and forth to the place they need to be."

The goal is to make the transition to middle school and the newly consolidated school as seamless as possible.

To learn more about the plan in detail, the Cabell County School District has spelled it out to parents. You'll find a complete breakdown of the new busing procedure under the Featured Links tab here at WSAZ.com.


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