Albion-Marshall merger

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The President of the Albion Chamber of Commerce says Tuesday’s vote feels like Albion “gave ourselves a get out of jail free card.” A school board member who opposed the annexation proposal says her heart “aches” for families that chose the Albion Schools. 

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Few towns face a bigger decision next week than Albion. That’s when voters will decide whether neighboring Marshall should permanently absorb Albion’s school district. Faced with dwindling enrollment, Albion sent its high school kids to Marshall in 2013 - and its middle school kids earlier this year.

But annexation would still be a big step beyond that. Those in favor see it as relief for a struggling district, while those against say it would be the undoing of local control over education.

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Western Michigan University Professor Walter Burt says “There are no secrets when it comes to school consolidation. It needs to be transparent.” 

"If state officials and Albion Public Schools voters give their stamp of approval, the Albion school district will be annexed to Marshall Public Schools later this year." (Battle Creek Enquirer)

"MARSHALL -- Next month, Albion Public Schools' middle school students will be learning at Marshall Middle School. The Marshall Board of Education voted 4-3 Tuesday to accept the Albion district board's invitation to broaden their cooperative agreement so students in grades 6-8 would be sent to Marshall at the start of the next semester in January. (Battle Creek Enquirer)