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Vote Moves Closing Red Cedar Forward

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Next school year will be the last one for East Lansing's Red Cedar Elementary School because of a plan to close down the school.

Parents in the area aren't happy about the district's plans to reconfigure the school system.

The East Lansing Board of Education voted to move forward with plans to move nearly 300 students from Red Cedar to other schools in the district, including international students that arrived in the country with visiting MSU professors and grad students. They make up a third of the Red Cedar student body.

"What an amazing opportunity with all of this global experience for all of the kids," said Liesel Carlson, the parent-teacher association president.

And it's that experience she says would end under the reconfiguration in addition to other problems it presents, like the small size of the Glencarin School where many of the students would be enrolled in two years.

District Superintendent David Chapin says the student population in the area isn't what it once was.

"I believe that those who support this decision looked at the resident enrollment in our city and made the decision on where our students currently reside," said Chapin.

Under the plan, the building will be used for administrative offices and some pre-kindergarten classes.

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