Battle Creek Schools

The Battle Creek Public Schools board voted Monday to keep the doors open at LaMora Park, but also decided to shutter Coburn in the face of declining enrollment and an anticipated budget shortfall. But the future of Coburn's building may be brighter than expected: Superintendent Linda Hicks said Community Action has expressed interest in leasing the space once the school is closed to provide Head Start services for local children. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

About a month after school board members decided to delay a vote on closing elementary schools, Battle Creek Public Schools Superintendent Linda Hicks’ recommendation to shutter LaMora Park and Coburn remains unchanged. The Battle Creek Public Schools board is expected to make a decision Monday on closing elementary schools. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

The Battle Creek Board of Education voted Monday night to postpone for a month any decision on closing elementary schools. The board heard a recommendation last week from Superintendent Linda Hicks and was set to vote on closing Coburn and LaMora Park elementaries in the face of a $2.5 million budget shortfall. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

Every weekday, Angela Whitmore steps out her door and crosses a grassy field to pick up her 6-year-old daughter, Abagail Good. That field is all that separates Whitmore's block and Coburn, where Abagail is a first-grader. It's a short distance, one that only seems longer because her two younger sons who come along for the walk are often distracted by their own spurts of curiosity. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

Laura Cross' voice quivered as she stood at the podium and held her daughter, Heaven Johnson. "Please," Cross said, holding back tears. "Do not close Coburn. Because we have no transportation whatsoever. I walk my kids to school. I got another one that's going to go to Coburn — if you guys don't close it. "Please." (Battle Creek Enquirer)