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Jun 17, 2013 11:28 PM by Mike Manzoni -- mmanzoni@kristv.com

Corpus Christi To Have Six High Schools

CORPUS CHRISTI -- The Corpus Christi Independent School District voted unanimously Monday to plan for six high schools, a decision that will force some students to be relocated to another school.

The decision, which came earlier than expected, will keep the existing Mary Carroll High School open after the new one is completed in the fall of 2015.

"It'd be harder to teach a class of 20 or more," said Joseph Salinas whose son attends Carroll. "With a smaller classroom the child is actually able to learn more hands-on with the teacher."

The school district initially planned to re-purpose the existing school as either a middle school or administrative building, but changed its mind after a study projected population growth on the city's South Side over the next several years.

The district will have to redraw its boundary lines to accommodate a sixth high school which will affect some students at both King and Carroll High Schools. Some students, officials said, will be relocated to another school, but there will be some exemptions.

"We'll look at the upper-classmen, and look and see where it makes sense to grandfather in which students and for how long," said school board president Carol Scott.

School officials said discussions on redrawing the district's boundary lines are expected to start later this year.

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