Schools must overcome rivalries to achieve successful merger

06/20/2010 | Detroit Free Press

Plans to merge two decades-old Michigan high schools have residents concerned about integrating the schools' traditions and cultures. Similar mergers in other districts have caused clashes over long-held loyalties related to gangs and school sports, but some parents and educators are optimistic that a new, larger school could unite the community and make sports teams more competitive. "I think it will probably bring the community a little closer together because there won't be the rivalry anymore," one parent said.

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