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.

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

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