3 Next year - girls and boys will be split up at a local middle school. Butler Middle School's principal and Superintendent Dr.Nikolai Vitti held a meeting last night to discuss the new program. The school has had a history of poor grades and the superintendent believes the gender separated program is a step in the right direction. Channel 4's Elizabeth Campbell joins us LIVE with how parents feel about it. 3 We talked to a father of a 7th grade boy and both of them said they are optimistic. The boys and girls won't be separated in all classes -- just their core classes. They will still be together for elective classes -- like lunch and PE. 3 00-1214-1950-1:001:01-1:101:18- 1:29SOT - 1:03:45 I think having the separate genders allows them to focus more, allows them to not be so consumed with impressing the opposite gender but to really focus and be about business."TRACK - Cyrus Tooks is the father of a 7th grade boy at Eugene Butler Middle School and he is looking forward to a new gender separated program that will start next school year. At a meeting Monday night with the school's principal, Superintendent Nikolai Vitti, school officials and parents -- PRE PRO - Staff explained that Butler Middle School has 900 fewer students than it should and part of the reason is a history of poor grades. Starting next year all core classes will be split between boys and girls -- a move both the school's principal and the superintendent think is a step in the right direction.SOT - 44:47 - 44:59 "you can tailor your instruction to the way students learn. And we all know that males learn differently from females. So, by going gender-based, we can tailor our instruction to their learning needs and the way they learn and discover things." BUTTED WITH SOT - 56:48 - 57:00 "It's time that we have higher expectations for our students but that we offer programming that's high level in every niche of the community and that's what we're able to bring in this program." TRACK - Even 7th grader Hiram Tookes thinks this program is a good idea. SOT - 1:05:20 - 1:05:31 "If I was superintendent, I wouldn't intend to agree. But I think it's really good because, as my dad said, the hormones are kind of jumping and I'm guilty of that." 3 The gender separated program begins next school year and Eugene Butler Middle School is the first school in Duval County to try gender based classes.The principal is hopeful this will be successful and that it will bring kids in Butler's district back to the school.