Proposal: Turn high school into university center

HOWELL, Mich. — Howell Public Schools continues to discuss the future of its $70 million Parker Campus high school; one new proposal is to turn the property into a central site for a number of college and university programs, according to the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus.

The campus was completed in 2007 and used as a high school for one year while a second district high school underwent renovations, the Press & Argue reported. It later was used as a movie and television series location, but has never been used consistently as a high school due to declining enrollment and lack of funding, according to the Press & Argus.

School board President Debi Drick told the Press & Argus that the board has voted to pursue the possibility of opening the center, but that the board is divided on the idea and that, "There's nothing official as of yet."

She said the university center would be a partnership with Lansing Community College and that a number of colleges have expressed interest. Area high school students could participate in dual enrollment courses at the site, she said, according to the Press & Argus.

Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, "Talks on college center at Parker set to rekindle," Aug. 3, 2010

Michigan Education Digest, "School district closes movie deal," Oct. 3, 2008