MONROE, La. (AP) — A federal judge has approved the Monroe City School Board's plan to reconfigure Sallie Humble Elementary and Lexington Elementary and convert Martin Luther King Jr. Middle school into a junior high.

Under the plan approved Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Robbie James, all kindergarten through second-grade students zoned for Lexington or Sallie Humble will attend school at Lexington beginning with the upcoming school year. All third- through sixth-graders will attend school at Sallie Humble.

Sixth-graders zoned for Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School will remain in their elementary school for their sixth-grade year and move to the junior high for seventh grade.

The News-Star reports ( ) the plan was proposed by the district in an effort to address overcrowding at many of the district's schools.