Public feels ‘middle college’ plan is moving too fast

By Sally Zimmerman
Holt Journal staff writer

School district residents spoke out at a March 25 community forum about budgets. The forum was held at Holt Junior High School. The main topic was the proposal to repurpose the ninth grade campus to a ‘middle college.’ The board plans to implement this change by next school year, which many people in the community feel is moving too fast. “I think our community is interested in providing the best education for our students,” said Trish Simon, a parent, “but it’s too rushed.”

Simon worries the integration of flexible schedules (classes offered only certain days of the week or at later times) will leave holes in students’ schedules. Without a regular schedule or transportation, some students might be left stranded at school.