INDIANAPOLIS – Students at Broad Ripple High School experienced what could be their last “first day” of school Monday, as the building is set to close for good next year.
IPS officials announced in late June the district was recommended to close Broad Ripple High School while converting Arlington and Northwest into middle schools due to low enrollment. District leaders said Broad Ripple is about one-quarter full.
Choral Director Denise Johnson, who has taught at the school for 18 years, said she wanted to give back to her alma mater and is optimistic about changes.
"It's a difficult thing to put in perspective, and yet while it may be sad, I’m optimistic about what other opportunities are out there,” said Johnson, who said she reassures her students everything will be OK. “You're going to be fine, we're all going to be fine. If we have to go to Shortridge, we're going to go, and our programs are going to continue."
New school Principal Phil Shults, who has been in his position for four weeks, said he has also encouraged students to make a difference and leave an impact on their school community.
"I want to see a participation rate outside of what we've seen in Broad Ripple or IPS,” said Shults. “What can you do for your school right now?"
The school board plans to vote on the proposal to make changes to the three high schools in September.
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