Battle Creek Schools

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)

Superintendent Linda Hicks is expected to recommend elementary school closings to the Battle Creek Board of Education on Monday night. The discussion will be part of a special meeting at 6 p.m. at Battle Creek Central High School's McQuiston Center, 100 W. Van Buren St. The seven-member board isn't scheduled to take action until its regular meeting a week later, at 7 p.m. Monday, April 20. That meeting also will be held at the McQuiston Center. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

While consultants and teachers have issued their recommendations on which Battle Creek elementary schools should close, no decisions have been made, Superintendent Linda Hicks told parents Monday. Some 80 parents and residents attended the meeting at Battle Creek Central High School's McQuiston Center. (Battle Creek Enquirer)