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DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -
Brookhaven Middle School in Decatur failed to meet its adequate yearly progress – or AYP – twice in a row.
As a result, the school has offered parents the option to choose whether their child will enroll at Brookhaven again this year.
Decatur City Schools superintendent Dr. Ed Nichols said the majority of students will stay at Brookhaven, but 20 percent of students decided not to transfer to a different school.
Those students will attend Cedar Ridge or Oak Park Middle School instead.
Dr. Nichols said roughly 118 students will transfer to Cedar Ridge while 25 to 30 students will transfer to Oak Park.
The impact means some teachers will be placed at Cedar Ridge to balance the student-to-teacher ratio, according to Dr. Nichols. He said he does not expect any teachers will be added at Oak Park, considering the fewer number of students that will transfer there.
Decatur City youth services director Bruce Jones said he will not move his seventh grader son out of Brookhaven.
"It's really not that big of a difference in the school and how they're doing the job. It's just right now there's a problem; a larger group of kids that are probably having more difficulty at this school than at others. It doesn't have anything to do with the teaching or the administration," Jones said.
School officials held two meetings for parents wanting to know more about transfer options. The deadline for parents to make the decision was Tuesday afternoon.
Brookhaven did not meet AYP goals in reading and math for special education students, according to its website.
Dr. Nichols said he will have his curriculum director and consultants look into how improve those two areas.