JOHN DAY - Mt. Vernon Middle School will close after the school year lets out this spring.

Grant School District 3 board members voted Wednesday, Jan. 12, to consolidate the middle school, a cost-cutting measure to compensate for revenues as the district's enrollment continues to shrink.

The plan calls for the district to move sixth-graders to the Humbolt Elementary School and seventh- and eighth-graders to the Grant Union High School campus. The consolidation was recommended by a district committee composed of board members, staff and citizen representatives.

The difficult process of making the transition - including staffing changes - now begins.

The next agenda item after their unanimous vote for consolidation, board members went into executive session to discuss one of the main ramifications of the move: assignment of school administrators.

The board went into public session to approve assignments recommended by Superintendent Mark Witty. Under that plan, Mt. Vernon Middle School Principal Monty Nash will take the helm of Humbolt Elementary. Humbolt's current principal, Kris Beal, will move to a post at Grant Union. The current high school principal, Curt Shelley, will remain at Grant Union.

For more details, watch for the Jan. 19 issue of the Blue Mountain Eagle.

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