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Eastern High School Students Back; Concerned For School's Future

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(WLNS) - Schools throughout Michigan welcomed students today. But some students at one local high school say they are worrying their school might be gone by next year. 6 News reporter Christa Lamendola talked to school officials about the new year and the plans for Lansing's Eastern high school.

It's that time of year again.

"Twelve thousand kids are descending upon our district- we've been waiting for them all summer."

Some familiar faces even came out to welcome students on the first day of school. Lansing mayor Virg Bernero was there to greet students. "I just wanted to come out today to let the students know it's going to be a great day and a great year."

Students here at Eastern high school will be seeing some changes this school year including a 7 hour day,  block scheduling and free dinners for students in need.

But could this be the last year that students walk through the hallways at Eastern high school? The school was recently ranked in the bottom 5% of schools in the state but the superintendent says its too soon to know if the school will close next year. Part of that decision is based on standardized test results that won't come until next year.

Lansing Public School Superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul is optimistic. "I believe with all my heart and soul that the staff and students are going to pull out of this 5%."

Aside from academics the school board is exploring different options for Eastern which opened back in the 1920's.

School board president Peter Spadafore says they're exploring rennovation options for Eastern, Sexton and Otto schools. But before they decide to renovate, close or sell the buildings, they need to review a study on every option. She adds, "Until we get the numbers there's no decisions we can make."

The board will be receiving the results of that study next week. But for now the only thing students and staff have to worry about is hitting the books and starting off the 2014 school year.

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