Farmington Schools building gets a new name

When Farmington Central High School students move next week into the former Highmeadow Common Campus, their school name will come along with them.

Farmington Public Schools trustees on Tuesday voted to change Highmeadow’s name to Farmington Central High School. The building located on Highmeadow Road, between 12 and 13 Mile Roads in Farmington Hills, has been empty since students moved to the Farmington STEAM Academy in 2017.

“This is not something we do normally, arbitrarily come with name changes,” trustee Terry Johnson said. “Highmeadow does have a great name and a great legacy.”

Trustee Jessica Cummings felt it important to support Farmington Central students with the name change. She asked whether any other programs would be housed in the building.

Director of Facilities Management Jon Riebe said the district’s English as a Second Language program will share the building. The Farmington Community School preschool program will move to Alameda Early Childhood Center, as soon as renovations there are complete.

“We cannot wait to get into our new space,” David Reese, principal of Farmington Central High School, said. “It will be exciting for our students when they return on the first day of school!”