Weston school closing after failed levy in Otsego

By Justin Michaels - bio | email

Posted by Lisa Strawbridge - email

(WTOL) - Otsego School District voters spoke at the polls May 5 by not approving a levy for that district. The result of that "nay" vote have forced the district to close a school - Weston Elementary.

Weston will close it's doors at the end of this school year as the Otsego district needs to cut $600,000 from the budget. "It really came down to where the people lived in the school district," said Superintendent James Garber. He says it was between Weston and Haskins Elementary Schools. Both buildings are about the same age and in the same condition, so the school board simply went with where the most families live.

Jennifer Mixon was planning on moving her autistic child into Weston in the Fall. With the building closing, she's waiting to see what happens. "If they do go to Grand Rapids, it's closer for us. But right now, it's in God's hands. That's the only thing I can say," said Mixon.

Plans aren't concrete yet, but students k-5 will most likely go to Haskins or Grand Rapids Elementary. Older students will attend Tontagany Junior High School.

Q&A with the district

Parents undoubtedly have a lot of questions, so the Otesgo District is hosting a Q&A session Thursday, May 7 at 7 p.m. at Weston to answer all those questions.


Parents, we want to hear from you. Log in or register below and tell us why you voted 'yes' or 'no' on the levy.