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After months of study and several public hearings, the Lake Shore School District Tuesday approved a plan to reconfigure the elementary grades for the 2001-2001 school year.

On the recommendation of Superintendent Kenneth Connolly, the School Board adopted a plan creating a kindergarten through fifth grade
"neighborhood schools" concept.

The change is a result of the district's recent plan to move the ninth grade to the high school and the sixth grade to the middle school.

The board considered two plans, one that called for the K-5 configuration, another that would have created a kindergarten through third-grade elementary school, a fourth- and fifth-grade intermediate school, and a sixth- through eighth-grade middle school.

"It just eliminates one more transition," Board President Bill Connors said. "It seems like a sounder idea."

Connors said the reconfiguration will take place next year if the facilities are "complete and operational."

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