Grand Rapids Public Schools
GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids Public Schools will go ahead with its transformation plan -- with a few changes.
The school board unanimously approved the "3.0" version of the plan at Monday's meeting. The goal of the plan is to improve student performance, make the district more efficient and hopefully save around $5 million a year.
The district will close ten schools. It will move City High Middle School into the Creston High School building with current Creston students finishing their education at the Central campus. Leaders will also move their Centers of Innovation schools to the Central campus.
Changes announced Monday night include the exploration of a potential "strict discipline" academy that could be included in the district's Phase I growth plan. Another change removes the reference to the "Teach for America" group from turnaround plans for Union, Alger and Westwoood. However, the district will still look into the development of of a way to recruit new talent.