November 4th, 2010 5:33 pm | by BETH SLOVIC News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Schools

School District Reverses Decision on Young Women's Academy

Carole Smith of Portland Public Schools

As part of her high-school redesign, Superintendent Carole Smith in September proposed closing the high school at the 206-student Harriet Tubman Young Women's Academy, leaving it as a far smaller sixth- through eighth-grade middle school with 150 students. Smith's predecessor, former Superintendent Vicki Phillips, created the academy as an offshoot of Jefferson High School in 2007.

Yesterday, however, Smith announced she was postponing a decision on any changes at the all-girls school until 2012.

"The impact of keeping the high school program intact has limited impact on the school district's ability to implement the high school system design as a whole," an announcement from the district read. "However, retaining high school grades at the Young Women's Academy provides opportunities for the program to be aligned with the Jefferson middle college program, strengthening both."

Translation: Getting rid of four grades at the academy and keeping three would not have saved significant money.
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