(08/28/12) - A Mid-Michigan school is closing its doors - effective immediately.
The news comes to Saginaw's Coulter Elementary community just days before the start of a new school year.
The decision to close the school was made at Monday night's school board meeting.
According to superintendent Dr. Carlton Jenkins, the district was notified on July 31 that CC Coulter was on the bottom 5 percent in terms of academic performance.
The school was placed on a priority list, meaning that it would have to go through a process to maintain certification. Jenkins says the district researched the issue before recommending a closure.
New transportation routes were laid out at Monday night's meeting. Jenkins says Coulter students can go to any school, but he recommends four specific ones because they are closer.
He also says this move will keep the district heading in the right direction.
"As a district, we're looking to move our students toward college and moving them out there in careers and we want to do it at the highest academic level possible. So in preparing for what we need to do for CC Coulter, we went out into the community and actually talked to the parents on Saturday about our decision to recommend the closure model," Jenkins said.
Marcus Washington just found out his children will have to find another school now that CC Coulter Elementary is closing.
"You need to get with your community a little bit in that same token when you're closing schools down. Let us know so we'll have the chance to get them situated," Washington said.
A former Coulter student spoke out Tuesday against the board's decision.
"We have kids that are supposed to be the future and really are supposed to be the kids of today and I feel that they have nowhere to go," said parent Tyrus Miller.
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