In the middle of May, the New Haven, Connecticut ignored the pleas of parents and students, and voted 5-2 to shutter Creed High School, citing a desperate need to save money.
Just three weeks later, the same school district will be holding a groundbreaking ceremony for “Barack H. Obama Magnet University School,” WTNH reports.
According to the news site:
School board President Darnell Goldson says there was originally interest in naming a bridge at one school after Obama, but he suggested this “bigger and better commemoration” of the 44th president.
Goldson says it’s important to remind people about Obama, noting there seems to be a “concerted effort” on the federal level to “eliminate and wipe out” many of the Democrat’s initiatives.
That’s quiet a change of tune from a May 14th school board meeting, where members of the board ignored pleas from the basketball team not to close the school.
There was standing room only at a New Haven Board of Education meeting on Monday where the board voted to close three schools.
Creed High School joins the New Horizons School and New Light Academy on the list of schools closing at the end of the 2017-2018 academic year.
The Creed High School basketball team hit the floor on Monday night with a large crowd of supporters.
They didn’t have a game, but they considered the Board of Education meeting their most important contest of the season.
“I feel like this is one of the schools that you can get any help that you need if you don’t feel comfortable anywhere else you should go here,” Creed senior Maquell Lloyd tells the news station.
“Basically, we decided to come here and throw one last punch. We didn’t want to just give up we didn’t want to go unheard of they are going to close our school we wanted them to listen to our message,” says Aaron Johnson, Creed High School assistant basketball coach.
According to WFSB, Creed “was on the chopping block as the district desperately tries to save money.”
But Goldson boasted to WTNH that the new Obama school would be the first of its kind in Connecticut.