OKEMOS, Mich. (WILX) — The beloved Cornell Elementary School could be torn down and a new one could be built on Powell Road.
This is all part of the proposed continuing education mileage bond for Okemos public schools. The budget range is up to $270 million, but the district said that was a zero thousandth level increase.
Whether it’s social media or talking to people in person, people are divided on whether Cornell Elementary School should be closed or not. Many residents like the idea of having a new, even bigger school to accommodate the growing community, but many aren’t ready to see Cornell go.
“There are a lot of feelings involved here,” Waleign Wagaw said. “We moved in because of Cornell a while ago.”
Hearing the news of the potential closure of Cornell Elementary School came as a shock to Wagaw, whose children went to school. He said it would be difficult to break the news to his now adult children if they decided to shut down for good.
“I think they’ll be sad, frankly,” Wagaw said. “They go there to visit from time to time – they volunteer in some of the activities here. So it will be a shock for them to learn that it is going to close.
Dan Grady grew up in the Okemos public school system. He recalled some of the changes made throughout his time there and after graduating.
“They closed Wardcliff School first, I believe,” Grady said. “So Edgewood. Then, instead of closing the central school, they opened the Okemos Montessori school.
Grady said that with all the changes over the years and potential changes to come, he thinks the district’s registration could take a hit.
“It almost seems to make Okemos less appealing to families,” Grady said.
The school board will discuss the bond proposal further at its next meeting on Monday. More information about Monday’s meeting can be found on the Okemos Public Schools website here.
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