Lansing School District Looking to Make Cuts

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

The Lansing School District Board of Education got an ear full from parents, teachers, and students Thursday.

"The cuts that are being proposed will be extremely detrimental to all students on the spectrum," one Lansing resident said.

"This program has been very positive and I'm on the right track because of it," An Alternative Education student said.

All them came to the School Board meeting to fight for programs that are now on the chopping block.

Tanya Harris said she's seen the transformation in her kids since they've entered the alternative education program.

"My daughter received a 4.0 after being at that school and her cumulative GPA is 1.27, so that alone tells you she was very troubled and now she's on the right track," Harris said.

But the alternative education program, or "education Options," and the "Insights" program for gifted students might have to go thanks to deep mid-year cuts from the state.

"We are going to try to keep cuts away from the classrooms and having a direct impact on students," Superintendent T.C. Wallace said.

The district has to make up about $4 million, so Wallace presented some ideas to the board Thursday which include eliminating programs, teachers, even custodians, and reducing costs wherever possible.

"You look at departments and other budgets and try to make your best recommendations," Wallace said.

"We're looking at a $292 per pupil cut, I don't know what other choice we have," School Board President Hugh Clarke said.

Clarke said they're going to try to make the best decision possible for the students given the circumstances.

"We're not looking at cutting transportation, not looking to do away with athletics like other districts," he said.

But teacher Tim Russ hopes the board can find other places to cut other than alternative education.

"This would be a slap in the face to kids who are already struggling," Russ said.

The board could make a decision on these "ideas" at its next meeting, which is on Thursday, December 17th.

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  • by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2009 at 07:14 AM
    Most school districts knew that they were going to be shortchanged this year and they could have planned accordingly.
  • by It didn't have to be this way? Location: Poor mich and it's cuts. on Dec 6, 2009 at 08:57 AM
    How a school district makes the cuts since they are now forced to is gong to show what the ones running things are all about.I see the day coming where all schools are run by one government,the white house.Jenns boss is the president of the USA.Who knows where things are leading.Our USA gov was so kind to let jobs go to other countries.Our last presidents family and friends were in oil.Now look at those prices and our gas prices.Now the health care for all thing.Why has the government gave so much to schools in the past and now see fit to take it away?The government allowed job loss,so now many pay that price.Money taking care of money.The greedy ones got.This will continue to ruin the USA.One state at a time.We have no new area to explore and build.The USA was the last of it's kind.We have ruined it haven't we?So many running this country has left many bad marks behind.No one learned from others mistakes.The last depression should of taught us a lot of what not to do,but didn't.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2009 at 10:17 AM
    If so many things don't change for Mi,next year will be worse with money.We might as well get use to having less for many things,This state can't keep jobs,or bring jobs in.Now how will that work in the future of MI?Schools or much of anything.
  • by howard on Dec 4, 2009 at 08:45 AM
    What happen to no child left behind in the state of michigan ?
  • by Anonymous on Dec 4, 2009 at 06:40 AM
    Where does Jennifer send her kids to schools. That shows you the priority she has on public education.
  • by Former Alt Ed Teacher Location: West MI on Dec 4, 2009 at 03:45 AM
    I understand that cuts need to be made. Alternative Ed programs allow those students, who would otherwise dropout to succeed. Not all students learn in the same environments. This state needs to get their priorities straight when it comes to education, And so do school districts! Saving money on electricity, heat and fuel is a start. Superintendents could take a pay cut, for once. Districts could also stop supplying vehicles to employees.
  • by KAW on Dec 4, 2009 at 12:04 AM
    Thanks Lansing School just solidified my decision to move my "gifted" children out of the district next year!!
  • by Marge Temple Location: Lansing, Michigan on Dec 3, 2009 at 10:41 PM
    LSD could save alot of money if they go trid of the poeple that sit behind the desk running their mouths and cashing checks. Then they could pay the teachers a decent wage.
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