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CANTON, Ohio- One Timken High School student started a petition to express her concerns over a plan to combine the two Canton city high schools.

McKenzie Dalton created the petition on Change.org last week after Canton City Schools Superintendent Adrian Allison presented his proposal for McKinley and Timken high schools.

Under the “Brighter Tomorrow” plan, the unified school will be called McKinley. Grades 10 through 12 will be housed at the current McKinley High School with freshman attending class at the current Timken High School building.

“Becoming ‘one community, one high school’ is the right decision for our students and this is the right time to move forward. I’m excited for this plan and I am hopeful that the community will come together to support it for the benefit of our children and our city,” Allison said in a statement last week.

But Dalton and other students disagree. She said sports programs, career classes and building space are major problems.

“One problem this proposal creates is chaos and a negative atmosphere in the school environment. Causing such a situation will affect everybody in the school and the community. More fights, drama, and bullying will arise. Given the history of tension between McKinley and Timken, the merging will more than likely force many aggressive situations,” Dalton wrote in the petition.

She is encouraging parents, teachers, students and members of the community to sign the petition. Dalton said she hopes to get a thousand signatures and present it during a meeting on Jan. 21 at Timken High School.

Click here to read and sign the petition.