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Chico Unified to Switch to Middle School System in 2015

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Updated: 10/31/2013 6:44 pm

The Chico Unified School District has confirmed they will be switching to a "middle-school" model beginning fall of 2015.

That means elementary will be K-5 and middle school will be 6-8th grades.

There are two main reasons for the change: Adapting to the state's common core curriculum, and implementing a long term facilities plan for the district.

The district's secondary education director says change is tough, but he's optimistic this change will be smooth and effective.

“It is a challenge for any family to think about their 11 or 12-year-olds at Jr. High, but I have faith our Jr. Highs will handle this transition effectively,” John Bohannon said.

Bohannon said Chico may be the only school system in Butte County that is still on K-6 configuration.

Letters to parents go out Monday.

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