Nov. 23, 2014 PLYMOUTH EAGLE.
Plymouth Michigan News
Members of the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools Board of Education voted 5-2 last week to close both Allen Elementary School and the Tanger Center.
The board members also approved a plan to repurpose Gallimore Elementary School in Canton Township to house the elementary-level Talented And Gifted (TAG) program as part of a redistricting effort.
The closings and change in use were part of a plan the board members adopted in light of declining enrollment in the district and the opening of a new middle school in Canton, where, studies show, the majority of middle school students live.
The boundaries for that new school building were also adopted by a vote of the board. Currently, TAG students attend either Miller or Dodson elementary school.
The district plans to close Central Middle School in downtown Plymouth and move students to various other schools to evenly distribute classloads at all district buildings.
The new plan met with strong criticism from parents of Allen students who had previously expressed their discontent with the planned closing at board meetings. Parents cited the superior academic performance of Allen students and urged the board members to reconsider the decision to close the school.
The board members, however, opted to follow the recommendation of the administration and the steering committee.
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