Libbey students express serious concerns over possible closure

"They're fighting for Libbey to stay open. We do mean something," said Cassandra McGlothlin, president of Libbey Student Council.
"They're fighting for Libbey to stay open. We do mean something," said Cassandra McGlothlin, president of Libbey Student Council.

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TOLEDO (WTOL) - Passions heat up over a south Toledo high school. The student council at Libbey called a meeting with the Toledo School Board Thursday, April 9 in a last ditch effort to save their school.

The Toledo Public School Board received harsh criticism and tough questions from Libbey High's student body under the stage lights of the school auditorium.

"You all should be held accountable for the way you have failed our students," said one student.

Their fears that Libbey will close are growing as the district reassesses the capacity of it's buildings. "They're fighting for Libbey to stay open. We do mean something," said Cassandra McGlothlin, president of Libbey Student Council.

Some say segregation will be the result if Libbey students get shifted to Scott, Waite and Bowsher high schools. "In 1875, the United States passed the Civil Rights Act, forbidding racial discrimination, however you all want to revert back to those same ways by segregating our schools once again," said a student.

TTPS Board President Dr. Steven Steel said, "I would emphasize that is never going to be anything that we think is acceptable on our watch as a board."

Others believe violence will break out among students sent to longtime rival Scott.

The district says it will take a lot of time and thorough consideration before any decisions are made.

Superintendent John Foley said, "It really does come down to capacity and budget. Without a strong infusion of either students and/or money, inevitably, we've got to reduce the capacity of the district overall."

The kids say closing Libbey will cut student achievement out of their equation. Their student body president said, "Why do you want to close a school that has improved academically, that has improved their OGT scores and has an improved graduation rate? If you close Libbey, that drop-out rate is going to go up."