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Batavia City Schools are leaning toward a final consolidation plan – but one that’s not popular with local parents.

The District’s Buildings & Grounds committee last night recommended Consolidation Option #2, which eliminates neighborhood schools. Option #2 moves pre-K thru 1st grade to Jackson School; grades 2nd thru 4th move to John Kennedy School; and it relocates administration throughout the district.

The controversy though, is moving 5th graders into the Middle School – in with the 6th thru 8th graders.

Parent Jennifer Burke led a parent group,"Citizens for a Better Tomorrow," which was expressly against that notion.

"Our fifth graders will miss out on being the 'top dog' in their elementary schools," says Burke, "and we're putting them in a school with 8th graders. The district says they'll keep them apart, but how does that work with assemblies or student events...are you not going to let them participate in their own school?"

The District maintains that 5th-grade would function as a “school within a school” – keeping its own separate wing at the Middle School.

Also under the plan, the district would look to rent out empty space at Robert Morris on Union Street.

The district is scheduled to vote on the plan next month.

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