FLINT, Mich. – A Flint high school marked for closure next year could reopen in some format in five years, under a newly proposed long-range facilities plan, The Flint Journal reported.

Superintendent Linda Thompson has recommended closing Flint Central High School as part of a plan to reduce spending by $19 million next year. But she also has recommended reopening a central high school as of 2013-1024, The Journal reported. Whether the district would renovate the existing school or build a new facility remains up for discussion, according to the article.

While a member of the school facilities committee said it would be less expensive to build a new school, a representative from a school alumni association advocated renovating the existing structure, The Journal reported.

Meanwhile, some board members and a parent expressed concern that a plan to close five schools next school year and two more in 2010 will not be sufficient, according to The Journal. A facilities report shows the district with capacity for 35,000 students, but enrollment of 13,500, the article said.

SOURCE:
The Flint Journal, “Flint schools consider rebuilding Central high school,” April 16, 2009

FURTHER READING:
Michigan Education Report, “Schools for sale,” Aug. 15, 2007

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