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Northern Closing Doors and Other Changes Coming to Flint Schools

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Flint School Board members announced major changes to the school district in an attempt to combat an $11 million budget deficit on Wednesday night.

Among the changes is the news that Flint Northern High School will shut its doors at the end of this school year. Students who attended Northern will be transferred to Northwestern and Southwestern High Schools. Northern will later be re-opened as a seventh-through-ninth grade alternative education center.

The board also voted to shut down Bryant, Dort and Washington Elementary Schools. Zimmerman School will also be closed. The adult education programs held there will be moved to the new alternative school at Northern.

According to WNEM, Flint Interim Superintendent Larry Watkins believes these changes will help the district and its students move forward.

In the plan voted on by members, Holmes school will be reopened and Brownell Elementary will be changed to pre-K through sixth-grade pod setting. Both schools wioll focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

These are the latest in cost savings moves made by the Flint School Board. Last year they voted to shut down four schools which included its two middle schools. Flint Central also closed its doors due to declining enrollment and maintenance costs.

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