YPSILANTI, MI – Mid-way through another school year, Ypsilanti Community Schools is looking for a new approach to handle a high number of middle school suspensions.
The idea presented to the board of education at a meeting on Monday, Jan. 23, is an alternative middle school that would open in the 2017-18 school year. The school would enroll 70 to 100 Ypsilanti Community Middle School or Estabrook Elementary School sixth through eighth graders who have persistent discipline issues.
While administrators see the alternative middle school as a way to offer more support for students who aren’t finding success in the traditional middle school model, school board president Sharon Lee worries about the impact of labeling certain students by sending them to the alternative school.
“You’re already saying they’re bad,” Lee said. “Maybe you should come up with a different name for the…