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Hall Fletcher parents plan protest

ASHEVILLE – Some parents and teachers from Hall Fletcher Elementary School are planning to demonstrate Monday over a proposal that would make Hall Fletcher a school for fourth through eighth grades.

The proposal is part of Asheville City Schools’ effort to restructure in order to accommodate future growth and meet academic needs.

The school board has not yet voted on a final plan, but a vote is expected in March.

Under the Hall Fletcher option, the preschool in West Asheville would become a school for pre-k through third-grade. Pre-k classes would also be added at Dickson and Jones and the Montford campus would be used as an alternative or non-traditional school.

School officials plan to meet Monday afternoon with members of newly formed school-based review teams, which includes representatives of each school, to talk about the restructuring process and proposal.

Parents are planning to demonstrate at 4 p.m. at the Asheville City Board of Education offices at 85 Mountain St. during that planned meeting.

Jodi Rhoden, co-vice president of the Hall Fletcher PTO, said she’s not sure how many people will turn out for the protest.

In a meeting earlier this month, Hall Fletcher parents and staff members voiced opposition to the proposal. Parents at other schools have also voiced concerns.

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