Some major changes in the works for Grand Rapids Public Schools. A three year plan being presented to the board of education Tuesday would make sweeping adjustments in programs, building use and finances.
It’s one of the most, if not the most comprehensive re-structurings in district history-and so involved, that it takes 56 pages to fit in all the detail.
Among the most highly visible parts of the Transformation Plan for Quality, Choice and Sustainability involves school buildings.
During the ten months GRPS Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal and her senior staff have been putting together the final plan, she says they’ve included parents and community leaders in the work up.
Neal says “I believe in working with the community, giving people a voice. (And) I do believe in this plan. This is my best thinking and the best thinking of my cabinet. However, there are thousands of people in this community, and there has to be something that we’ve missed and I would like to hear.”
Even though Neal did do a lot of listening, she’s all but guaranteed to get an earful for the part of the plan that includes closing nine buildings, including Creston High.
Neal notes there’d be a big investment to bring the 90-year old building up to 21st century education standards. In addition, it’s at less than one half student capacity.
You can sound off at a public hearing December 3rd, prior to a final board vote two weeks later.
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