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. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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