Albion schools

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.

"ALBION - The Albion Board of Education voted 6-1 Monday night to place annexation of its district by Marshall Public Schools on the May 3 ballot." (Battle Creek Enquirer)

"ALBION - While Marshall Public Schools' potential annexation of Albion Public Schools has dominated the conversation about Albion's future, some have thrown their support behind another plan that would eventually return local control to Albion." (Battle Creek Enquirer)

"ALBION - Albion Public Schools ended an era this week with celebration. On Thursday and Friday, the school district bid farewell to its middle school students before they begin attending other schools next week." (Battle Creek Enquirer)