It appears the only thing tougher than actually closing schools in Flint is deciding which schools to close.
Blake Thorne of The Flint Journal reports on a meeting between parents and school board members last week to discuss various options:
One of those proposals included moving all high school students to two buildings.The other included a system of all three high school buildings operating as grade 7-12 schools.Both plans initially included closing Bunche, Carpenter Road and Summerfield elementary schools along with McKinley Middle School and Zimmerman Center, which houses Mott Adult High School.Under one of the plans, all middle school students would move to the building that houses Southwestern Academy and Classical Academy, with those students moving to Northern High School.That means Southwestern and Classical would still exist as the programs they currently are, but would operate as programs within Northern High School rather than having their own building.The other plan calls for moving all secondary schools to the 7-12 grade configuration for all three high school buildings.
Plans, especially at the elementary level, have been changing and evolving, board and administration members told the crowd.For example, closing Carpenter Road was abandoned after an outcry of community members complained there would be no elementary in a large area of the city. The plan became to close Pierce Elementary instead, but the board seems to have abandoned that idea as well.