Crawling to Save Albion High

By: Fay Li Email
By: Fay Li Email

Bobby Holley took on a mission to crawl from Battle Creek to Albion. He's not from Albion, but made it his job to stop Albion High School from closing.

"I'm down on my hands and knees begging the Albion community to help save the Albion High School," Holley said.

Holley started the crawl on Tuesday and finally made it to Albion High School Thursday afternoon. He brought together a large group of emotional supporters, including parents, students, and recent graduates. Some say they're losing more than a school.

"You know, I feel like we will lose this town," said George Carr, a recent graduate from Albion High.

Earlier this month, the Albion School Board voted to stop offering grades 9 through 12. The board's vice president explained that student enrollment is down and the district is also facing a $1.1 million deficit, while the rainy day fund is near $0.

"When we looked at the option of becoming a K-8 district, there were some things that we could offer our community that aren't offered around us. There's some STEM research, robotics that we could offer our students, language emersion," said Albion School Board Vice President Donald Phillips.

Phillips says Albion high schoolers will have the option of going to Marshall high starting the next school year. Some parents don't like that option.

"I will get out here with signs and buckets and whatever it takes to get money to keep this school open," said parent Gloria Ridley.

According to Phillips, the district maybe be able to offer higher grades in the future once their financial situation improve.

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