Reactions mixed, mostly favorable for Canton City School changes

CANTON − A strategic plan to move McKinley High School downtown and reconfigure several grade schools was bound to spark discussion and different reactions across the Canton community.

Superintendent Jeff Talbert recommended the changes to the Canton City School District Board on Wednesday. Talbert’s vision includes a new McKinley high school building on the Timken Career Campus, demolition of the administration building and former Timken Early College High School building, and the creation of eight elementary schools for students in kindergarten through sixth grade.

Aging buildings would be demolished or no longer used. The current middle schools and athletic facilities at the McKinley campus would not be affected.

Talbert’s plan would need school board approval and financial support from taxpayers. It’s estimated to take five years to complete.

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