LAPEER, Michigan — The Lapeer Community Schools Board of Education, at its regular meeting on March 4, unanimously voted to close Mayfield Elementary School at the end of the 2019-20 school year.
LCS Superintendent Matt Wandrie first presented the closure recommendation to the Board at a special meeting last month. The recommendation was based largely on the condition of the facility, the significant costs associated with long-overdue capital improvements and the District’s declining enrollment.
“I’d much rather be opening new schools than closing old ones, but this is the reality that we face in this community,” Wandrie said. “This is a difficult decision, but we are confident it is in the long-term best interest of the District. We want to ensure we invest our scarce resources, as much as we can, in the classroom.”
The District has already begun the process of drawing new attendance boundaries for the three remaining neighborhood schools – Lynch, Murphy and Schickler. Turrill Elementary will remain as a year-round elementary school open to all students in the District.
“As a school community, we will do everything we can to ensure a smooth transition for all students and staff impacted by the closure,” Wandrie said.
Families impacted by the closure and associated changes to attendance boundaries will be notified by mail in the next two weeks.
For more information, contact Jared Field, LCS Communications Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.