School officials to discuss closing buildings

Farmington school officials will take up a study session agenda at 7 p.m. today that includes a discussion of draft plans to close and repurpose Highmeadow Common Campus, O.E. Dunckel Middle School, and Harrison High School.

Board members on February 10 reviewed the recommendations presented by Superintendent Dr. George Heitsch, which include:

  • Transforming Highmeadow into a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) academy, relocated to Dunckel. Highmeadow would serve as the district’s early childhood center, allowing for the closure of Alameda Early Childhood Center and Farmington Community School. The STEAM academy would eventually be open to grades K-8. All other elementary buildings will house K-5 students.
  • Establishing new middle school boundaries for East, Warner, and Power Middle Schools.
  • Phasing out Harrison as a 9-12 high school, with closure at the end of the 2017-2018 school year, and transferring the International Baccalaureate program to North Farmington High School.
  • Transferring Farmington Central High School, the district’s alternative education program, to Dunckel and later to Farmington High School.
  • Relocating administrative and network operations services to Harrison.

The full draft plan has been posted to the district’s website: Officials will host two community forums – on March 3, 7 p.m., at the Maxfield Education Center, 32789 W. 10 Mile Rd., Farmington, and on March 5, 10 a.m., at the Dunckel Middle School cafeteria, 32800 W. 12 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills – before considering plan approval at their March 15 meeting.

View the full agenda for the 7 p.m. meeting, held at North Farmington High School’s auditorium: