The "switch" at HHS North Campus excites some, frustrates others

By Courtney Kendler
Holt Journal Staff Reporter

A continuous battle has been raging between parents and Holt Public School administrators over the last two years in what is appropriately being called the “switch.”

The “switch” refers to the creation of a North Campus, which is located across the street from the high school, where only seniors have classes. The intent was for seniors to get a feel for what it would be like to navigate a college campus and to be responsible for getting to class on time. According to Holt Public Schools Superintendent Dr. David Hornak, most students and teachers are in support of the stand-alone North Campus, but it’s the parents who have the most concerns. While students seem to be more concerned about parking issues in the winter and the possibility of having open lunches, parents are most concerned over the safety of their children walking back and forth between campuses. Jennifer Bertram, the mother of two Holt High School graduates, is just one of many parents who has outwardly protested the “switch.”

“We were passionately opposed to the plan laid out by the district…” said Bertram.