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Grand Rapids Public Schools Announces Plan To Close Ten Schools

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Grand Rapids Public Schools have announced they are considering closing ten schools.

The move would save $5 million per year.

GRPS is also discussing requiring students to wear uniforms.

The announcement is part of the planning process which will lead to a vote later this year.  There will be multiple public meetings before the final vote by the GRPS board on December 17.

View the schedule of meetings.

 

Under the plan:

  • Creston High School would close, as would nine other buildings.
  • Athletic programs would be consolidated from three programs to two.
  • Students would be required to wear uniforms.

 

WZZM has more:

Administrators say they could save almost $5 million per year by closing Creston High and nine other buildings, but the superintendent says the main goal of her transformation plan is to give every student access to a high quality school.

The superintendent says she doesn’t know if they will sell the schools scheduled to close or how they will be utilized in the future.

The transformation plan also consolidates high school athletic programs from three competing teams to two, East and West.

“This isn’t in stone,” says board president Senita Lenear. “This is the third phase of our brainstorming session. We are seeing all of what we have shared through the brainstorming process on paper so we can begin to tweak it and take it to the community and get their feedback.”

Here is the full list of building closures under the current plan:

• Campau Park Elementary
• Covell Elementary
• Creston High School
• Hillcrest
• KEC Mayfield
• Ridgemoor CDC
• Shawnee Park Math/Sci/Tech
• Straight
• Wellerwood CDC
• West Leonard CDC

View the complete plan from GRPS here.

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