The Lenoir County Board of Education met Monday night hearing from both sides of a debate to change which grades are at schools.
Superintendent Steve Mazingo and his school system improvement task force have floated several options to help low performing sixth graders.
The board brought up expanding all schools to become K-6 or K-8 and some parents supported the change.
A few who identified themselves as Northwest Elementary parents welcome becoming a K-6 grade school.
A few others talked about the impact on Rochelle Middle School and expressed concerns about so-called neighborhood schools.
“Making Northwest a K-6 or K-8 school will further perpetuate segregated schools in our community,” said a community member.
The board did not take any action on changing the grades. It does plan to look further into this matter and is expected to hold more discussions.