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Holt Students Protest District Building, Course Changes

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HOLT, Mich. (WLNS) - For months, the Holt School Board has been organizing major changes for the district, including middle school boundary changes and moving high schoolers to different buildings, but not everyone is on board. 

As it stands now, 10th, 11th and 12th graders attend Holt High School together, but a proposed plan for next year would change that. "What we're looking at doing is to consolidate our resources to kind of provide more resources to our students, especially at those early years," said Principal Michael Willard.

He says part of the plan is to move seniors to the 9th grade building across the street for their new capstone courses, some of which offer college credit.

But many students say they don't want to move and the new courses only benefit students going to certain smaller colleges.

 

Abby Mealy is one of four Holt students taking a stand. The group calls themselves "SAS," Students Against the Switch, and have even launched social media campaigns that now have over 100 student followers.

"We got together and we made speeches. What we thought was bad about it and we spoke our mind," said Mealy and Tracy Lierman, organizers of the group.

Despite their efforts, the students say they don't feel anyone is listening. The group handed out 300 surveys to students and teachers asking them if they support the move and 90 percent of the responses came back no.

"I think that should be one of the biggest concerns to them is keeping people happy," said Sierra Schreier and Tracy Edelman, organizers of the group.

The school board says they stand by the changes in order to implement the new college prep courses.

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