The Brownwood Independent School District announced last week that its Coggin Elementary and Brownwood Intermediate school campuses will consolidate next school year into one campus for fourth, fifth and sixth graders known as Coggin Intermediate School.

In a press release, the district explained that grades four and five will now be housed in the one-story Brownwood Intermediate building and the sixth graders will use the current Coggin Elementary facility. BISD executive director of community relations Priscilla Monson said the new alignment will help students in multiple ways.

“Every decision we’ve made on this has been determined by what’s best for the kids,” Monson said. “We feel this is a better alignment for these grades and will allow the sixth graders a good transition time and more independence before they move on to middle school.”

The new consolidated campus will be led by Principal Todd Lewis, the current Coggin Elementary principal, with new assistant principals Stacy Lofting and Ann Fowler.

Monson said both Brownwood Intermediate administrators will remain with the district. Assistant principal Tim Thomas will move into a teaching role at his request, she said, while principal Charles Chesser’s new position is yet to be determined.

In an “FAQ” page created by the district on the Coggin Elementary website, the district said the realignment will not impact staff numbers at the school. “Staffing numbers are based on student enrollment,” the page says. “If enrollment remains consistent, the number of administrators, counselors, librarians, fine arts / P.E. personnel and classroom teachers will remain the same.”

The two campuses currently operate on the same 7:50 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. schedule, which will remain at Coggin Intermediate.

“This change is being made in an effort to reduce the number of transitions for our younger students,” the page says. “We are consolidating campus cultures and creating consistencies with processes and procedures for students that cover three years.”

Plus, Monson said, keeping the grades on one campus for three years will allow them more stability and more time to bond, though the FAQ page points out that the change will not increase interaction between fourth and sixth graders.

“The response from the public has been overwhelmingly positive so far,” Monson said. “I’ve been on both campuses recently and the whole staff seems very positive and excited about this change.”

The Coggin Intermediate FAQ page can be accessed at www.brownwoodisd.org/coggin.