Flint Northern Will Close The Doors Forever At The End Of 2013 [Video]
The decision made Wednesday night by the Flint School Board is a tough one to accept, but Flint Northern High School will be closed at the end of this school year.
The Vikings are now sent down the same budget cut path that Flint Central had to walk not long ago. The closing is a response to the $11 Million deficit that the Flint Community Schools are facing.
Flint Interim Superintendent Larry Watkins said that he believes this will help the district and its students move forward. "We want to retain the students that we have and reclaim students as well," Watkins said. The students who attend Northern High School will be transferred to Northwestern and Southwestern High Schools.
The plan also calls for reopening Holmes school and re-purposing Brownell Elementary to be a pre-K through sixth-grade pod setting. The schools will focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The board also voted to shut down Zimmerman School permanently next year, along with Bryant, Dort and Washington Elementary Schools.
While nobody will disagree that something needed to be done about about the growing deficit, the closings are not an easy pill to swallow. The current and former Vikings in the area are heartbroken to see their school close.
Do you think this was the right move for Flint Schools, or is there another way to handle the money issues?