Farmington Hills debates future of Harrison High School

January 5, 2018 by  

Farmington Hills officials have been discussing the future of Harrison High School for months, and recently declared their interest in it formally by sending a letter of intent to the school board. They are considering turning the facility into a community center.

Trustees of the Farmington Public Schools have decided to close the 240,000 square foot school due to budget constraints coupled with declining enrollment. The campus, which is in Farmington Hills on 12 Mile Road, is currently slated for closure in June 2019.

Dave Boyer, the city manager, told members of the city council that the school had enough space for a theater, and swimming pool operations could be expanded. Ken Massey, the mayor, added that using the school for this purpose would allow the city to provide amenities to residents for less money than would be needed if the same measures were instituted via the parks and recreation department.

Renovation of the facility is estimated to cost $19-20m, and that figure, plus proposed floor and site plans, were presented to the city council late in 2017. It is expected that the city will make a formal presentation during the meeting of the schoolboard on January 9. If the offer is accepted, a final vote could come this summer.

Measures like this are of interest to many residents, so officials might consider working with a newsletter printing company to make sure accurate information is conveyed via a newsletter.