The City of Southfield, Michigan, is debating the potential merger of its high schools – Southfield High School and Southfield Lathrup High School.
The proposal would have the schools merge as of 2016. The plan would also make changes to the middle and elementary schools of the Southfield district.
The City of Southfield has scheduled a meeting for Thursday night to discuss the topic.
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For years the two Southfield high schools have been rivals: the Southfield High School Blue Jays vs. the Southfield Lathrup High School Chargers.
Now, the future of that rivalry is in question because of a proposal to combine both schools in 2016.
Superintendent Dr. Lynda Wood says a lot of what’s proposed has to do with making sure the district remains financially sound.
“What needs to be done to ensure the financial stability that we need for the next several years so that we can maintain the quality of education that we have here in Southfield Public Schools,” she said.
The proposal includes more than just combining the two comprehensive high schools. There would be changes to elementary and middle schools, too.
Dr. Wood says declining enrollment rates and state funding cuts is what prompted the consideration of this proposal. But she stresses nothing is set in stone just yet.
“At this point nothing is in place to move forward for the 15-16 school year,” she said.