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June 18, 2017

Time For You To Be Heard

It’s time for you to be heard!  That’s what it all boils down to.  As you all know now, Kennedy High School in Taylor, Michigan will be closing down after the Taylor School District voted to proceed with this back in April.  This has generated a slew of emotions for all of you who have children who have attended Kennedy or, like myself, graduated from Kennedy.  In fact, many of you will remember my story where I interviewed five of my fellow alumni about their memories representing Kennedy as student-athletes and their thoughts on the school closing down.

Recently, the class of 2017 has graduated, which also signals the end of Kennedy High as we know it.  In the fall, only next years juniors and seniors will be attending the school, as they’ll be allowed to finish their time there.  However, all of next years freshmen and sophomores will attending Truman High School.  From the feedback I received, there is a great deal of concern over how this merger will go.  There are many of you out there that have expressed anger about the thought of our alma mater being closed down and the rival school now being the sole high school remaining in Taylor.

With the merger now scheduled to begin, this can create a situation where Truman can potentially benefit from the combined talent pool.  On the other side of the equation, however, is the fact that not as many kids now will be able to play high school.  One glaring question is how will the this merger play out in terms of high school sports in the next two years.  Will the schools’ teams be merged immediately starting in the fall, or will Kennedy still field separate teams until the school closes down?

It’s time for you to be heard.  Taylor School District Athletic Director, Loren Ristovski is now a very important figure, who navigate the merger from the athletics side.  It’s still my intention to speak with him, which I hope to do before the fall.  I want to be your voice for when I interview.  It’s important for your thoughts and concerns to be heard.  That’s why I say that it’s time for you to be heard.  My questions will be mainly sports related.  However, if you have any general concerns that are more administrated or academically related, I certainly welcome those as well, though that will entail me speaking to the superintendent and/or school board members.

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9 Comments on “Time For You To Be Heard

James Holden
June 18, 2017 at 10:37 pm

My daughter is attending Kennedy as a junior
this year and it just upsets me that she will not graduate as a Eagle like I did in 90 so she’s been in this school for 3 years and she’s going to be in a different school for her last year of High School so sad.

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KL
June 22, 2017 at 3:11 am

This coming years juniors and seniors will be finishing out their time at Kennedy. Only upcoming freshman and sophomores will be starting at Truman this coming school year. If your daughter is going to be a junior, she will graduate as an Eagle.

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Mazen Jadallah
June 18, 2017 at 11:24 pm

My concern is with the soccer program. It would be best if they were able to combine the two teams. They will then be able to compete with the top teams in there division.

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Mazen Jadallah
June 18, 2017 at 11:26 pm

The basketball, football, and tennis teams however should remain separate.

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Mazen Jadallah
June 18, 2017 at 11:30 pm

My concern is with the soccer program. It would be best if they were able to combine the two teams. They will then be able to compete with the top teams in there division. Kennedy will not be able to field a team with just seniors and juniors. My son will be a senior this year and the team has good players that will make Truman excel rather than both teams if they are separate be not competitive

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C T
June 18, 2017 at 11:49 pm

They should make a trophy room to house all three high schools achievements. Remember we started with Taylor Center High School. All the trophies from sports, band, and academics, should be displayed forever. Just because you shut a school down doesn’t give you the right to act as if the school didn’t play a very large part in our lives and toss those achievements into the trash never to be seen again.

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Amanda
July 24, 2017 at 8:04 pm

Will there still be highschool reunions for fellow Eagles?

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Dianna Lightle-Simon
August 15, 2017 at 9:46 pm

I myself went to Kennedy and felt it unfair when they closed Taylor Center, You see my son went to Taylor Center until his Jr. year. As for this senior year he had to go to Truman. This was so sad and a adjustment to all the students that Graduated in the class of 1998. But the students still got to wear Taylor Center colors for Graduation. Change is hard and can work out if the students try to get along with each other. I’m not saying it will be easy, but what else can they do ?

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