Students, staff fight to save Northwestern HS from closing

Posted at 7:40 AM, Dec 13, 2016

The Northwestern High School community is fighting to keep the school from closing in 2017.

The school was one of five school closures recommended by Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Sonja Santelises.

Students, alumni and staff plan to protest the proposed closure at a school board meeting Tuesday night, where a vote is planned on the fate of each school.

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Supporters, including the Northwestern High School Advisory Board and the Northwestern National Alumni Association, said they will “continue to push for an alternative educational plan at Northwestern High School.”

Measures to help keep the school open include the creation of international studies and JROTC programs, as well as merging with the National Academy Foundation School, which supporters said would help eliminate the issue of the school being underutilized.

Other schools considered for closure include Samuel F.B. Morse High School, Grove Park Elementary/Middle and the Baltimore IT Academy.

Santelises also recommended the closure of Renaissance Academy, but that vote has been postponed until next year.

School supporters are scheduled to meet Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

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