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School board considers closing Flint high school

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Imagine your kids' school being put on the chopping block.

That could be the fate of Flint Northwestern High School.

The school board passed a resolution to prepare for the closure of the building if needed.

"Closing this school and sardining children into one building, that's wrong," said Brenda Mitchell, concerned parent.

Mitchell doesn't want to see Flint Northwestern High close. She believes closing the building at the end of the school year will hurt the kids that attend class there.

The closure would leave Flint with just one high school.

"They're placing all our children in one educational environment and not accommodating enough instructors for the children," Mitchell said.

The Flint Board of Education is preparing for the possibility of shutting down Northwestern.

On Wednesday, the board passed a resolution asking the superintendent to prepare a plan for the closure of Northwestern.

It's a move that concerns people like Rodrick Richardson. He works with the after school program.

"This school is a stable environment in the community and I would hate for it to close because the students will have to go all the way over to the south side to go to school," Richardson said.

In an email, a spokesperson for the district said no final decision was reached on the future of Northwestern.

According to the language in the resolution, the board will develop a plan for consideration. That proposed plan would call for the re-purposing of Northwestern High School and the relocation of its programs at the end of the school year.

As for Mitchell, she hopes any plan the district makes will include keeping two high schools open.

"Only one high school for all of Flint students? No. No," Mitchell said.

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