Two Schools Scheduled to Close in Holland Realignment

11:01 PM, Feb 20, 2006   |    comments
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Holland-The Holland School Board is closing two buildings and making other changes to avoid cuts in educational programs. To offset revenue loss due to declining enrollment, the board will close Longfellow School and the Phoenix Alternative High School. "This provides the district with great hope and opportunity," says Holland School Superintendent Frank Garcia. The district will also reduce the number of focus schools, buildings where just two grades are taught. The plan will put more children in fewer buildings. I think I'm excited," says parent Christine Bradfield. "One of my kids is going to change buildings next year but I'm excited for him." The district says closing buildings and consolidating programs will save nearly two million dollars next year. The Holland School District has lost nearly 800 students since 2000. They expect enrollment to decline another 120 pupils next year.

Phil Dawson

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