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St. Clair High School, Middle School set to merge despite parents' concern

Parents concerned merging age groups won't work well

ST. CLAIR, Mich. – The plan to consolidate an alternative high school with a mainstream middle school has parents upset in the East China School District in St. Clair County.

Riverview Alternative High School has 130 students who are at least 16 years old and older. Marine City Middle School has students as young as 11.

"There's definitely a concern. That age group should not be in with our younger children," said Marine City Middle School mother Heather Morris.

East China Superintendent Dr. Rodney Green said the alternative school will have a separate entrance, separate starting and ending times, and a segregated student population from the middle school.

"We understand that we don't want the kids mixing and that's exactly what we will try to provide," Green said.

According to Dr. Green, merging the schools into the same building will save the district $300,000.

A board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday during which parents will have the opportunity to voice their concerns.


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