CANTON, Ohio — After three separate community forums on whether or not to combine the two schools, the Canton City Schools voted unanimously to merge Timken High School with McKinley High School Wednesday night.
Starting next school year students who would’ve gone to Timken High School will now be attending McKinley.
With about 100 folks in attendance, audience members were split on whether or not to approve the recommendation, but the school board was not.
Every member voted for, it citing low enrollment, inefficient use of resources running two high schools and academic inequality between the two schools..
This decision comes amid several protests on social media and in school.
About 100 students walked out of Timken Wednesday in protest of the vote.
Members of the school board say they appreciate the passion for the school but wished there was the same amount of energy used to making the schools themselves better
“If they put the passion they have into coming to the board and educating and being concerned about the outcomes of the students then we would be dynamite as a community,” said school board member Ida Ross-Freeman.
Superintendent Adrian Allison said that while the transition may be difficult initially, he feels people will realize eventually that it is what’s best for the district.
The new school will be called McKinley High School. Its colors will remain red and black, and the mascot will remain a bulldog.