Schools Sound the Alarm

The long-shuttered Port Oneida SchoolThe Leelanau Enterprise reports that Suttons Bay and Northport can’t act fast enough to cope with “structural” issues that could mean the end of a system that has guided Leelanau County schools for the past 50 years. The article says:

The urgency could be heard in the voices of interim Suttons Bay Superintendent James Leyndyke and Northport Superintendent/Principal Ty Wessell.

“We are losing 35 to 50 students each year and are expected to do this in each of the next four years,” said Leyndyke, hired this spring after the departure of former school head Tom Harwood. “We’ll be broke within 2 1/2 years if we keep going down the road we’re going.”

The story continues to say that while reps from Suttons Bay and Northport appeared willing to commit to explore  more radical collaborative efforts, such as consolidation, their counterparts from Leland and Glen Lake would not commit until reaffirming their positions with their respective school boards.
Read Schools sound urgent appeals in the Leelanau Enterprise