Post Number: 632
|Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2007 - 11:58 am: || |
Note to DPS: School closures because of declining enrollment is a fact of life everywhere. Stop being a crybaby and adjust!
A year after merger, Royal Oak High adjusts
Shawn D. Lewis / The Detroit News
ROYAL OAK -- The blended family of historic rivals -- Dondero and Kimball high schools -- has made it, a bit bruised but intact, to the end of the first school year as one united Royal Oak High School. Administrators say it has not been easy bringing two distinct cultures together under one roof, a move made necessary last year when declining enrollments caused the two Royal Oak public high schools to merge. Some things could have been done better, they said, but overall they consider the transition a success.
The district had 6,600 students five years ago and enrollment is projected to drop to 4,300 by 2010, according to Superintendent Tom Moline. That prompted the closure of Dondero, which was built in 1913, and the conversion of 50-year-old Kimball into the district's lone high school.