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Nearly 25 years after East Detroit residents voted to change the name of their city to Eastpointe, East Detroit Public Schools officials are following suit with a name change.

The board of education voted Monday to rename the district Eastpointe Community Schools. The change will be reflected in the buildings and programs, officials said.

The name takes effect July 1.

“We carry fond memories of East Detroit’s legacy,” said Karren MacKool, EDPS Board of Education vice president in a statement Tuesday. “The change to Eastpointe Community Schools is an opportunity to grow our bond as both a district and community. We fully support this change and look forward to the future of Eastpointe Community Schools.”

In 1992, residents of the city of East Detroit voted to rename the 5.1-square-mile city to set itself apart from neighboring Detroit. At the time, the district decided to remain East Detroit Public Schools.

The name change will filter through the district: East Detroit High School will be renamed Eastpointe High School; Kellwood Alternative Learning Center will be renamed Eastpointe Alternative Learning Center; East Detroit Virtual Academy will be renamed Eastpointe Virtual Academy; and Kelly Middle School will be renamed Eastpointe Middle School.

Reactions were mixed after the district’s Facebook posted the news about the change Tuesday evening.

“It just makes me sad,” wrote Miranda Paré, who attended East Detroit High School.

The name change comes a month after the board approved a series of restructuring efforts it hopes will improve student achievement. In the fall of 2017, the district will expand its half and full day early childhood programs with the opening of the Eastpointe Early Learning Center.

There will also be a newly restructured middle school that will seek participation in the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme, officials said.

Additional offerings at the high school will include the expansion of a career-focused technical education program and a virtual academy.

“This is an exciting time for our community and district,” Superintendent Ryan McLeod said. “The restructuring plan, including the name change, reflects our continued commitment to provide the best educational opportunities for all students and families of the Eastpointe community.”

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