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IPS parents displeased over possible high school closures

Parents upset about possible IPS closures
Posted at 11:36 PM, May 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-11 23:36:32-04

INDIANAPOLIS – Parents within the Indianapolis Public Schools district expressed concern about the possible closures of three of its seven high schools Thursday.

The school district added additional community meetings around the city where students, staff and parents could give feedback on the potential closures.

"I'm concerned we don't have enough high schools as it is over here anyway, and to bus the kids to the eastside or different areas other than where they live at is an inconvenience to the parents and the children when you think about it,” said Jessica Short.

IPS’ decision comes after the district experienced a decrease in enrollment over the past few years. Closing three high schools would save $4 million.

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"We currently have 5,300 students,” said Mary Ann Sullivan, IPS School Board President. “At the peak we had 26,000. We have only one less high school operating this gives us a 37 percent utilization rate."

Some parents said they would be upset if their neighborhood school closed, but one woman said she was not fond of Northwest High School.

“I don't care if I have to take my daughter to another school or if they have to go on a bus. I really don't want my daughter to go to Northwest,” said Mayra Donjuan.

Superintendent Dr. Lewis Ferebee plans to make his recommendation on what schools to close in June.


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