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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