Which High School Will Close?

     The talk is out there, rumbling around town. Sexton or Eastern will close next year and the student populations will merge.  Bet?  Most people believe Eastern will close.  The building needs much upgrading and Sparrow Hospital reportedly will pay for the land.  Sexton has better athletic facilities, though I do not know what would become of Don Johnson Fieldhouse.  Nothing's definite but new Eastern High School football coach Robert McBride knows this might be his only season as a head coach.

     Everyone I know in education tells me there are no options.  A school must close at the high school level.  Only 13,000 students remain in the Lansing schools, down from a one time high of 34,000.  Everett likely will stay open on the south side.  Who knows when a final decision will be determined and announced and a merged school would be mighty good in athletics to be sure.

     It's all speculative but very few in Lansing city high school sports expect the three school set up to continue past this school year.  Stay tuned.

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  • by please Location: lansing on Aug 31, 2011 at 02:07 AM
    come on guys we all know that eastern has been the school that needs to close and not for athletic reasons that's just the icing on the cake they have not passed the ayp for the last couple of years and the building is deamed unsafe. Now it doesnt take a rocket scientist to know that eastern is a money pit sexton isn't its a debt pit. There is know money to gain off closing sexton just pay money for a empty building. Sell eastern to sparrow hospital merge the students and move on forget everything else you guys are talking about, the students will make do only you guys have the problem.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 26, 2011 at 04:41 AM
    Population of Lansing has deteriorated from Virgie's atrocious abilities as mayor.
  • by Curtis Location: Lansing on Aug 25, 2011 at 05:27 PM
    The biggest reasons people talk about closing Eastern over Sexton is Sparrow's supposed desire to buy Eastern, and "worse" athletic facilities. These are silly reasons to close a school. Here's the data: Eastern has a lower cost of repairs per square foot than Sexton, and significantly lower cost of repairs per student. Eastern has the lowest operating cost per student of all the high schools, and is the third lowest cost school in the entire district. Eastern is the fullest of all the high schools. Almost half of the students that live in the Sexton enrollment area attend either Eastern or Everett. Eastern has the IB program that brings in top students from other districts. Eastern has the strongest PTA, including supportive parents. Eastern has significant student participation in all sports, from varsity on down. Finally, 2011 Eastern graduates earned $2.7 million in college scholarship money. Decisions should be made on data that supports what’s best for the students.
  • by Krista Besley Location: lansing on Aug 24, 2011 at 03:37 PM
    Yes but should we keep a school open just for the athletic facilities, that Eastern has been using since the 1950's (football field). And what to do with Don Johnson fieldhouse? And the IB program that lansing school district and kids have invested in? Or the 2nd biggest alumni in the state of michigan? Or the displacement of an extra 500 students sexton (900) Eastern (1400) C'mon really??? over athletic facilities and a slightly newer building(that probably needs much work just like the other lansing high schools because they were not kept up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hhmmm maybe someone should have been thinking of ways to keep students in the lansing schools all these years.
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