Muhlenberg Co. Schools considering merging high school campuses

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MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (WEHT) A major change for a western Kentucky high school is being planned.

Muhlenberg County has one high school, but two campuses. One for juniors and seniors, the other for freshmen and sophomores. But now that split may change.

One high school for one Mustang Nation, split into two buildings that are five miles apart.

“It’s kind of odd,” said Steven Shelton of Muhlenberg County.

“I thought that was a little different. When I went to high school in Madisonville, it was all together. That’s what I was used to,” adds Whitney Patterson, who has a child in Muhlenberg County schools.

Muhlenberg County School officials say they’re in the early stages of planning for merging the two campuses near Greenville. Community Relations Specialist Carla Embry says one reason is enrollment.  When the two-campus system was developed in 2009 the school had more than 1400 students.  That number has dropped to more than 1200, which officials say can fit onto one campus.

“It’s probably going to be easier for the teachers to keep up with everyone. That way, it won’t take so long to move the kids around,” says Amanda Brooks, whose daughter graduated high school last year.  She occasionally had to take buses from one campus to the other. School officials say the distance between the campuses made it difficult during assemblies and other events.

“She didn’t really care for it. The schools are kind of far apart so by the time she got off the bus one morning and got transferred onto another bus, it took a minute for them to move,” Brooks recalled.

Embry says Superintendent Robby Davis talked with state education officials on a possible merger, but no formal plan has been proposed. 

School officials say if the plan is approved, it may not happen until as early as the 2021-22 school year.

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(This story was originally published on March 6, 2020)

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