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Holt Takes New Steps To Prep Seniors For College

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HOLT, MI (WLNS) - With the start of school just two weeks away some Holt students are in for a change.

Seniors will be moving from the high school, across the street to the "north campus,” formerly the 9th grade building

It's a move the district says will save them about $200,000 per year, without cuts to staff or education.

6 News Nick Perreault shows you what students can expect next month.

Aside from a few paint cans and moving furniture around, Holt's District is ready for seniors to enter these doors September 2.

"The notion to be able to start an experience beyond high school is one of the things that we wanted to accentuate and elevate,” said Dr. Johnny Scott, superintendent, Holt Schools.

Superintendent Scott says having the seniors separate will allow them to prepare for life after high school.

"We're going to move to a bell-less schedule, this is an opportunity for students to practice self-readiness.”

Students will be able to choose whether to take a shuttle between campuses or drive themselves and enjoy some bigger classrooms.

"What are some problems that you want to fix, what is something that you want to research, so the students get a broad spectrum of what they want to pursue,” said Michael Willard, principal, Holt High School.

Rather than the teachers giving them direct instructions.

The cafeteria here is rather wide open including charging ports around the area for smartphones and laptops and even offering students the chance to walk outside, giving them a chance to eat their lunch outside at area picnic tables, not having them feel like there trapped inside their school, again offering more of that college experience.

"Sounds like a good idea, no not really.”

Holt parent and LCC professor Vince Dragonetti is afraid the district is getting away from the basics.

"Do what they do well, not send me kids at the college level that can't read can't write, how am I getting kids that can't even send emails in complete English language.”

Dragonetti says Holt's trying a good concept, but only for a minority.

"It's not going to work for the majority of these kids, the discipline isn't there yet.”

But it's change the administration says will be beneficial for all their students.
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