Chiefland joins middle, high schools

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Principal lays out plans for the year

By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

When the school year begins Aug. 19, there will no longer be a Chiefland High School and a separate Chiefland Middle School. 

On that day, the new Chiefland Middle/High School will open its doors to more than 800 students with Principal Matt McLelland at the helm of the newly combined schools. He said there will be about 60 teachers and 30 staff members in the new operation. 

And the classes will stay in two separate buildings. 

The message he is sending parents: Do not worry about the new arrangement. Plans have been made that will benefit students.

Middle school students will be able to access the resources the high school has to offer in coursework, like math, engineering and agriculture. “There will be extra things for them,” McLelland said. “We are going to offer them agricultural biotechnology and we're putting in a high tech biology lab. They are going to be extracting DNA.”

McLelland is also squelching rumors like the one that there will no longer be middle school sports. 

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