At the Feb. 21 meeting of the Lapeer Community Schools Board of Education, Lapeer Alumni Association President Dick Sullivan notified the Board of the position of the Association on the proposed consolidation of East and West High Schools.
The Board of the Lapeer Alumni Association voted unanimously in support of the consolidation, as laid out in the District’s strategic plan, at its most recent meeting.
Sullivan was a member of the Board of Education just after the District ushered in the two high school model in 1974. Six years later, the District’s enrollment peaked at nearly 8,800 students in 1980. The current enrollment is just more than 5,800 students. Sullivan said that tough decisions have to be made when circumstances demand them.
“What happened then is no longer applicable today,” said Sullivan, a retired attorney. “I think the board is making the right decision to create one school … I think we did the right thing at that time, now this is the right thing to do.”
Sullivan told the Board that the merger would present the community with a great opportunity to return to its roots.
“What the Alumni Association is saying is that we need to create the one school, bring the community together and make it a unification of the school,” Sullivan said. “It should be Lapeer High School.”
LCS Superintendent Matt Wandrie will address the Alumni Association at its next luncheon on March 12 at the Elks.
“The relationship we have as a district with our alumni association is one that we very much enjoy,” Wandrie said. “It’s a unique relationship and we look forward to engaging the association in this exciting discussion.”