Thousands of Metro Detroit kids will find themselves in new school buildings today, the result of districts making big changes because of budget cuts.

In the Farmington Community School District, that meant closing four elementary schools and reconfiguring the district. There are now only two buildings for 7th and 8th grade students. Ken Sanders, the principal at East Middle School, says one of the challenges will be to make everyone feel comfortable.

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“The whole idea is that they’re gonna come together; they’re gonna enjoy themselves. They’re gonna learn. Don’t get me wrong; the most important thing while they’re hear is that they learn, but also that they not only learn their subjects, but also learn how to be civil and social and how to get along with each other,” Sanders says.

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The enrollment at East Middle School will be about 970 students, up from 800 last year.

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